Our staff have incorporated a number of engaging and fun explorations into their programming including:
Throughout the season, children help to plan, plant and tend to the flowers and plants.
Children’s Yoga – Yoga is often added to the children’s classroom activities, using books, cards and videos to introduce children to yoga poses, stretches and breathing techniques.
Special Activities: Registered Early Childhood Educators in each classroom plan special monthly activities to extend the children’s interests and learning.These include cooking or baking (e.g. making soup, bread, pumpkin pie; ) Dress Up Days, Food Drives, Pajama Days or visits from special guests.
Music Exploration – Some classrooms have added weekly music activities where children can explore different forms of music and movement. Listening to different genres of music, making instruments, singing songs, exploring tempo and dancing are some examples of music experimentation.
Outdoor Education –Each playground provides the opportunity for natural exploration.
Natural materials such as tree stumps, large logs, sand, gravel and mulch are used for climbing, digging, balancing and discovery by the children. Additionally, educators and children are encouraged to explore the trails and green spaces adjacent to the Centre and when the weather permits will go for hikes and explore the forest and stream.
The preschool teachers recently added a “Music Wall” of recycled items to their yard, with which the children can explore sound and music.
Storytime with HPL Librarian– A librarian from the Hamilton Public Library (Westdale Branch) visits the children’s centre on a regular basis,extending children’s literacy through puppets, fingerplays and stories.
University Research Studies- McMaster Children’s Centre often participates in research studies through various Departments on the McMaster University campus. Parents will be informed if a research study will be taking place and may choose whether or not to have their child participate in that research.