About us

Providing Vancouver with Enriching Child Care Services

My Whole Earth Academy is a globally conscious school in Vancouver, offering a unique blend of progressive Montessori and skill-based programs that support a sustainable world view. Our enriching child care services include a:

  • Global Curriculum designed to support community awareness through geographical and cultural inquiry.
  • Academic Curriculum with artistic, domestic & scientific activities, taught through ‘teachable moments’ and planned projects.
  • Skills Curriculum develops process-oriented planning, confident experimentation, social grace, self-control, and kind compassion for other living beings.

A Licensed At My Pace™ Learning Program

At My Pace™ Learning Programs were first created by Miss Jennifer Upsdell, in 2005, as Kid’s Pace Learning Programs. The Teaching Methods, Program Principles, and Pillars of Learning you will find in use at My Whole Earth Academy were developed from over 15 years of knowledge gleaned while offering Early Childhood Education programs for children from birth to 15 years old, and from over 10 years of academic study. My Whole Earth Academy is the first At My Pace™ licensed preschool. Program Principles include:

Safe

Healthy emotional development of children is best achieved when their behaviours are supported in compassionate ways. To this end, all staff are required to attend training sessions in Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent/Compassionate Communication style.

Fair 

Teachers provide proactive guidance for your child by reinforcing behaviors that are kind and cooperative with age-appropriate language, direct modelling and through fun practice-play.

Fun

As a part of our commitment to developing the emotional intelligence of our students, we regularly include activities and games that provide natural opportunities for children to negotiate with one another, practice using appropriate ‘feeling’ words and ask for their wants and needs to be met.

Introspective

we encourage children to recognize when they are experiencing challenging feelings such as frustration, anger or fear and offer them engaging solutions (such as deep breathing, hopping or pillow screaming exercises) to burn off the excess emotion.

Independent

We act as a mediator and coach when helping children solve their problems. We explain why certain behaviours are inappropriate and we invite them to share their thoughts on the matter.

Supportive

In the case of a child who is presenting a dangerous scenario for others or themselves, we will ‘take a break together’, gently relocating the child away from the situation and sitting with them until they are ready to interact in a safe manner.

At My Pace™ Pillars of Learning:

  • Cultural inclusivity
  • Environmental awareness
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Global consciousness

Our Philosophy

At My Whole Earth Academy, programs are developed based on the beliefs that:

  • Children are designed to learn and will make every effort to discover the answers to the curiosities of their life.
  • Learning occurs when interest-led questions are met with logical answers and clear demonstrations.
  • Children entering our classrooms are individuals with unique curiosities and family backgrounds.
  • Supporting a child is best achieved when their family is included and informed.
  • Inspiring a love of learning and providing the skills of critical reasoning are the best gifts we can give our children.

Our Mission

Environmental Awareness through Intentional Learning Spaces

Students learn within the context of the natural world, thoughtfully considering possible solutions to real world challenges.

Holistic Development with Left and Right Brain Integration

Math, Science and Literacy are taught as stand-alone lessons as well as through Creative Arts, Music, and Movement.

Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Inclusivity

We demonstrate Compassionate Communication in order to uphold the dignity and safety for everybody in our classroom. To create an inclusive learning environment, our classroom and curriculum have dedicated components which help us compare the many aspects of cultures from around the world.

Inclusive of the Whole Family

We support family and caregiver participation by providing family-based programs, and by offering regular feedback about the progress of our students.

Fun and Engaging

While all our programs, activities and events must meet the main tenets of Safety and Fairness, we also seek innovative ways of being fun and engaging for everyone involved. We want you and your child to graduate with many joyous memories - enough to build a solid foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

Our Methodology

Respectful

Teachers at My Whole Earth Academy nurture and guide children as they develop intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and culturally. We do this by first recognizing and learning about the family of which the child is a part.

Teachable Moments

Qualities such as curiosity, confidence, resilience, innovation, a strong sense of empathy and a clear moral compass are taught through group and individual opportunities that present themselves in day-to-day experiences.

Multiple Intelligences

Academic principles are explored though a flexible, immersive and integrated program set within a structured schedule. Teaching methods and platforms are varied in order to include many different learning styles, from active, body learners to focused, observational learners to verbal, communicative learners.

Process Over Product

At My Whole Earth Academy we are more focused on supporting your children to discover their process of acquiring knowledge and the methods for applying it to meet their goals, than in telling them what to do. While basic information such as numbers, letters and vocabulary are taught, they are taught within a context of relevant, real-life applications rather than abstract conjecture that leaves your child separate from the meaning and use of such information.


You can be confident that My Whole Earth Academy is a place where your family will find a community partner and family friend who is ready and able to complement the kind, intelligent lifestyle that you are living at home.

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