Our unique program is designed to offer a positive learning environment and help children rich their full potential. Why is our program unique? Because we have purposefully designed a facility with specialty equipment, great diversity of options parents can choose from, and the quality of our programs. Sure, almost every after-school program allows for homework time but how many offer a wide variety of augmenting academic programs, physical exercises conducted in one of the best-equipped facilities in the country, dance lessons, learning self-defence, creating art, participate in specialty games including reciting and acting.
Our diverse after-school program is designed to provide educational enrichment and a wide selection of physical activities in a safe and inclusive environment for children and youth during afternoon non-school hours. To suit the preferences of the program participants and parents, we developed several distinct after-school programs. Most importantly, our programs are well-balanced between academic enrichment on one side, and artistic and physical development, on the other. Providing you with the ability to choose the program your loved ones participate in, puts you (parents) on the driver seat – because nobody knows your child better than you.
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Our after-school program is designed to blend academic and physical activities with lots of fun and emphasis on socializing with peers. It provides just the right balance between a variety of physical activities and learning for children aged kindergarten to Grade 8. Your child will have access to the best-equipped gymnastics facility in the Ottawa area, separate dance studio, games and Lego studios, fully equipped art and pottery studio, computer lab for online homework, and so much more. Our licensed instructors guide and empower your child to succeed academically, athletically, and in visual and performing arts. It offers the perfect solution for families trying to juggle careers and extra-curricular activities.
Q: You claim to have a very diverse after-school program – it is like a repetition of the school program. Why should my child get a double portion of school?
A: Even though there are some similarities, our after-school program is aligned with the school programs but it is not a repetition of the curriculum, it complements it. It is also delivered in a very different way. In the schools, the emphasis is placed on structured textbook learning. Our afterschool program is developed around the concept of immersing children into the subject in question and learning through hands-on experiments and the time to reflect upon them. This allows children the ability to develop deep and long-lasting subject understanding. As famously “twitted” by Aristotle “few” (350 BC) years ago “for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”. Hands-on learning is important because it allows students to engage in kinesthetic learning. Many research studies have shown that kinesthetic learning (where a student carries out physical activities and/or experiments rather than listening to a lecture) is very effective and it is the preferred type of learning by students. ‘Doing things’ helps students gain a better understanding of the subject studied.
Q: What all of our programs have in common?
A: Diversity. Regardless of the program stream you choose for your child, s/he will also have the opportunity to engage in a variety of other activities – for example, if you choose to enroll your child in the Academic Development program children will spend the majority of their time mastering core school subjects. They will be guided by our experienced personnel to keep the focus on building a sound foundation for performing well above their class average. Along the enhanced academic program, however, children will have the opportunity to participate in many other activities – do gymnastics (development of motor skills, coordination, agility, etc.), get a hands-on experience in visual arts (painting and drawing or pottery and sculpture), learn basic self-defence, and participate in dance classes while building strong bonds with like-minded peers. If you choose a Visual Arts Stream, then the focus will be on developing the skills required to create beautiful art. The non-core activities are designed to ensure your child does not fall behind on current Ontario curriculum subjects and keep physically active.
Q: What steams I can choose from?
A: You can choose any of the following streams