Welcome to Great Journeys Learning Center
Great Journeys Learning Center offers four programs for preschool, pre-junior kindergarten, pre-junior kindergarten-aged children, as well as a Kindergarten Program.
The Preschool program is for children who are nineteen months to three years old, the Pre-Junior Kindergarten program is for children who are three years old, the Junior Kindergarten program is for children who are four years old, and the Kindergarten program is for children who will be at least five by December 31st of that school year. For the parents’ convenience, and continuity for the children, we also provide before and after care, from 6:00 am – 9:00 am and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. This allows working parents to have peace of mind knowing that their child is in a safe, nurturing environment, with familiar teachers and friends, throughout the day.
Our teachers utilize Reggio and Montessori Methods to create captivating centres and events, based on our children’s interests. This creates curiosity, a love of learning, great self-confidence, and a respect for others and themselves, and in turn establishes an atmosphere in which social, emotional, environmental and academic development takes place daily. Our programs offer nurturing environments and knowledgeable, caring teachers to enable each child to develop a well-rounded personality and mind.
The ability to learn through play, exploration and experience is inherent in children. Our programs are designed to meet children’s developmental needs by providing a variety of opportunities for play with a balance between child-initiated and staff-directed activities.
We provide a secure, nurturing environment with a varied selection of materials that both stimulate and facilitate play. By staff employing active listening skills and taking a genuine interest in answering student questions, we promote the enthusiasm and interest of the children.
In order to accommodate the diverse needs of our students, we incorporate a variety of teaching strategies and materials. We believe strongly in the implementation of centres as a tool for fostering independence, self-confidence, responsibility, cooperation and constructive work habits in children.
We also believe that a blend of small group, large group, and multi-aged activities, encourages the development of appropriate communication skills and self-confidence. Groups will come together for various actives including, but not limited to, occasional center times, creative play, art projects and sometimes circle time.
The development of a child’s self-esteem is a core component of our school’s philosophy, and is therefore a pivotal point in the planning and execution of the daily activities taking place at GJLC. To promote a sense of belonging and to create a climate of social and economic equality, we ask that all children attending Great Journeys Learning Center wear our school uniform.