At Little Owl, our mission is to allow each child the freedom to develop social skills and gain emotional understanding, while learning about the world around them, during the imprint years in their development. Teachers carefully stage classrooms and give children the autonomy to choose activities based on their unique interests, interweaving components of literacy, mathematics, and science into the environments.
From ages 0-6 years, the part of the brain that controls executive function is developing.
Executive function is responsible for a number of skills, including:
- Paying attention
- Organizing, planning and prioritizing
- Starting tasks and staying focused on them to completion
- Understanding different points of view
- Regulating emotions
- Self-monitoring (keeping track of what you’re doing)
To develop these skills our inquiry based practise integrates open-ended materials into the environment to support exploratory learning through play.
How a Child’s Brain Develops through Early Experiences
This ‘Brain Builders’ video explains how experiences in the first years of our lives affect how our brains form. Science tells us that the stress of abuse or neglect can damage the basic structures of a child’s developing brain. Without the right help, it can put them at risk of a lifetime of health problems, developmental issues and addiction. It’s up to us to make sure that children overcome these stresses and have the nurturing experiences they need for positive development.
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Children are processing and learning new information about the world around them at all times. With that in mind, we have carefully considered our outdoor play space and incorporated many aspects of nature as well as props to connect the children to the real world around them. Our Outdoor Classroom offers opportunities that are meaningful to the children through play and embraces what is developmentally appropriate for children in their early childhood. In our outdoor space the children are free to use their imaginations and are encouraged to get creative!
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Little Owl Learning Centre is an early learning service located in the heart of Medicine Hat, AB at 423 4th Street SE. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday 6:30am – 5:30pm. We have five classrooms in the Centre and accept children between the ages of 6mo. – kindergarten age.