The Horace Allen School Early Learning Program offers 3- & 4-year-old children rich developmentally appropriate learning and play opportunities.
Our Reggio-inspired program values every child as a strong, capable learner with an innate curiosity to understand their world. Alberta's Early Learning and Care Curriculum Framework (FLIGHT) guides our Early Learning Program Curriculum. Play is a child’s work and is an integral part of our program. Play-based learning supports greater social, emotional and academic success. Play is recognized as UN rights of the child (Article 31). Play allows children to actively create, question and actively construct new connections that allows them to further their learning. When children are playing, children are learning.
Our Early Learning Program is designed to be part of the school community. Early Learners have the opportunity to foster relationships with other classes through buddy reading, shared learning experiences and outdoor exploration. They also have access to the Learning Commons, Gymnasium & Music programs with Mrs. Neudorf when possible.
At HAS Early Learning program, we believe that children learn best when they feel safe, calm, and loved. We do our best to create an environment in which each child feels valued and is a respected member of our classroom community. We encourage children to develop social skills including self-control, respect for others, and positive self-esteem. Children explore, create, process their everyday experiences in an environment where they are respected and valued.
Our commitment to a Reggio-inspired, play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum ensures that activities are child-centered and promote positive social interactions. The learning environment is set up to encourage positive behavior, with consistent routines and materials that can be accessed and put away independently. Our environment is the third teacher and it is used to inspire children. It offers open spaces free of clutter, opportunities for collaboration, communication and exploration that integrates authentic materials and toys. It promotes hands-on learning that appeals to all senses and provides a variety of ways to demonstrate understanding.
Horace Allen School has a strong belief in the benefit of outdoor play in the development of the whole children. Our Early Learning program values this belief and promotes outdoor play every day. We believe in the philosophy that there is no bad weather, just bad clothing. Children receive 30-45 minutes of outdoor play every day.
If you would like your child to be added to our wait list, please contact the school at 403-563-3998.