Welcome to the information site for The Teddy Bear Playschool at ODSS!
Within our high school we offer a playschool program Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 - 11:30 from mid-September to early June for children 2 1/2 to 5 years of age. With quite limited spaces, the program fills quickly usually by May for the following September commencing program. Enroll early! Applications are available at the front office of the school between 9 and 4 p.m.
Our playschool was developed for the grade 11 and grade 12 Social Science and Humanities course students that study child development, sociology and psyschology courses. The playschool is therefore a lab school where high school students can experience first-hand preschool social, physical, emotional and intellectual development as we support children through the learning process on a one-on-one basis.
How the Program Operates
One or two high school students ("Big Buddies") are matched with your preschooler ("Little Buddies") for each of the two semesters in the school year. Within the morning program from 9 - 11:30 there are two high school periods and therefore your child will be with one big buddy from 9 - 10:15 and another high school student from 10:25 - 11:30. During the transition time between periods preschoolers will sit with their peers for snack that our program provides. It sounds a bit confusing but children do catch on fairly quickly to the routine!
During the program time, high school students, depending on their grade level and program direction (workplace, college or university/college) will lead our thematic-based program under teacher direction. Each day students will cover most of the following activities: Leading Circle (includes: action songs, fingerplays, weather, little buddy show and tell, thematic learning time, number and letter practise, story, gross motor activity); Craft (thematic based structured or unstructured craft); Number and Letter Sheets; Cognitive Sheets; Games, Songs and Dance. Larger practical assignments are given to students throughout the semester such as creating a children's literature book, pre-printing booklet, brain builder enrichment boxes, thematic bulletin boards, and other mini-assignments.
We also make effort to join our preschoolers into the school community activities and will often visit other departments for example, the guitar, dance, greenhouse, cosmetology programs and always a favourite our culinary arts room!
Please send a change On occasion, very excited children don't always get to the washroom on time.