The programs at My Whole Earth Academy cover education for children from 1½ to 7 years of age. Each program is geared towards a different age group to help ensure each child receives the proper care and education. We also offer volunteer positions to high school students and placement opportunities to college and university students focusing on Early Childhood Education, Montessori, and more. Contact our office for more information about our courses and opportunities.
PREP SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Parent Participation Prep School Level 1 – The Introduction
(45 minutes, Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 12:15pm, for children 1½ - 2 years old)
Our Level 1 Prep Program introduces your child to the classroom experience by ‘attending school’ at a slower pace, with you or your designated caregiver as their mentor and guide.
Your Teachers will coach you on how to engage your child’s innate ‘learning-by-mimicry’ while supporting their first efforts at appropriate social behaviours. Classroom activities include simple science & art activities, social experiences with shared and individual materials, an introduction to the emotionally intelligent language, and music time.
The Goals: To lay a strong social foundation based in kindness and trust while introducing school concepts, such as circle time, asking the Teacher for help, pride in cleaning up, sharing and turn-taking, and more.
Parent Participation Prep School Level 2 – Developing our Skills
(1 hour, Monday - Friday, 10:15 am - 11:15 am, for children 2 - 2½ years old)
Our Level 2 Prep Program focuses on supporting your child’s emerging sense of autonomy and independence. English vocabulary and scholastic concepts are explored with a bit more complexity, and ‘Snack Time’ is introduced to develop public speaking confidence along with personal self-control and life skill independence. Classroom activities such as science experiments & art activities build on the foundational skills gained in Prep 1. Early numeracy & literacy activities further enhance the learning environment.
Coaching conversations with your Teachers now focus on positive guidance methods for conflict resolution and teaching constructive language to your child to help them successfully set boundaries and express themselves to both their Teachers and their peers. We will begin the transfer of trust and authority from parent to Teacher, gently widening your child’s sphere of trust to include their Teachers by inviting the Teacher to ‘show us how’. Parents begin to step back from the role of primary support in the classroom and encourage their children to do more for themselves.
The Goals: To support the emergent autonomy of each child and their healthy separation from caregiver dependence for most classroom activities. To expand your child’s vocabulary for receiving help, changing social interactions for the better, and sharing feelings.
Parent Participation Prep School Level 3 – Independence Building to On My Own Participation
(1.5 hours, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 10:00 am, for children 2½ - 3 years old)
At 2½ years old, your child is ready for our Independence Building Program. This supportive program offers gradual separation in our licensed classroom. Parents are again coached by the Teachers, this time to develop positive language and techniques for leaving the classroom while supporting their child’s independence in kind and loving ways.
Classroom activities are designed with independence in mind so that children can accomplish them on their own while deepening their understanding of Preschool concepts, numeracy application, and letter recognition. Circle time is longer and includes calendar time. The expectations for sustained attention are also higher.
Children demonstrating the ability to follow Teacher instructions without parent attendance may be ready for additional class time. This time is spent in the Preschool room, developing the social and emotional skills required for Preschool attendance. Ask your Teacher if you’d like more information.
The Goals: To support independent classroom attendance and prepare children for the expectations of Preschool. To complete the transfer of trust and authority to Teachers and build friendship skills.
Montessori Inspired English Preschool
(3 hours, Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 12:00pm, for children 3 - 4 years old)
Our Montessori Inspired Preschool Program offers a rich curriculum that incorporates the educational philosophies of Maria Montessori and Early Childhood Education to inspire children to become self-sufficient, confident members of society. Our bright and engaging classroom is filled with interesting materials that encourage your child to use their natural learning processes to complete daily activities with gentle guidance from their Montessori and ECE trained Teachers.
Our Teachers build on the basic skills acquired in our Prep School programs by adding elements of higher-order inquiry and experimentation along with deeper investigations into monthly themes. Daily exercises will broaden your child’s English vocabulary base, increase their sense of mindfulness, and further their knowledge and understanding of basic scientific and mathematical concepts using Nature and Life as a model.
Our STREAMING curriculum plan ensures that all types of intelligence and interests are given an opportunity to learn and shine. Every week we ensure that Science, Technology, Reading and Writing, Engineering, Art, Math and Music, Individual Tray Work, Nature Studies, and Group Projects are covered in the classroom. Monthly themes draw from the fields of Cultural Anthropology, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics to support your child’s development into a Global Citizen possessing a compassionate world view complemented by a scientific mindset.
The Goal: To inspire your child to be curious, empathetic, mindful, and confident while out in the world and at school. To begin preparing your child for successful entry into Kindergarten.
Montessori Inspired English Junior Kindergarten
(3 hours, Monday - Thurs, 1:00 - 4:00pm and Fridays 9:00am - 12:00pm, for children 4 - 5 years old)
Our Montessori Inspired Junior Kindergarten Program is designed to get your child fully ready for Kindergarten while kindly supporting their ongoing socio-emotional development.
In our bright and engaging classrooms, we offer a rich curriculum that incorporates the educational philosophies of Maria Montessori and Early Childhood Education to inspire children to become self-sufficient, confident members of society. Your child will continue to develop their natural learning processes and learn to extend their lessons with gentle guidance from Teachers.
We use an enhanced version of our STREAMING approach to ensure that Science, Technology, Reading and Writing, Engineering, Art, Math and Music, Individual Tray Work, Nature Studies, and Group Projects are covered in the classroom in a manner that stimulates curiosity, critical thinking, and self-sufficient problem-solving. Monthly Themes continue to draw from the fields of Cultural Anthropology, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics to support the ongoing development of your child into a Global Citizen possessing a compassionate world view complemented by a scientific mindset. This approach provides opportunities for your child to focus, develop specialized skill sets and apply what they are learning in practical ways.
The Goals: To prepare your child socially, emotionally, mentally, and physically for the rigours of Elementary School and Life in general with a solid foundation of kindness and a strong framework of Inquiry-based learning.
Multi-disciplinary English Preschool (2 hours, Mon - Thurs, 9:30am - 11:30am, for children 3 - 4 years old)
Junior Kindergarten (2 hours, Mon - Thurs, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, for children 4 - 5 years old)
Kindergarten Enrichment (1 hour, Mon - Thurs, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, for children 5 - 6 years old)
Our live and interactive Zoom classes offer the same, rich curriculum that you would find in our classroom environment. We inspire your child to become a self-sufficient, confident member of society and encourage them to use their natural learning processes to complete daily activities. Drawing from various educational pedagogies, our online classes engage and interest a wide range of students.
Online Teachers use a variety of online resources, such as virtual tours and videos, to add elements of higher-order inquiry and to deepen investigations into monthly themes. Daily exercises broaden your child’s English vocabulary base, increase their sense of mindfulness, and further their knowledge and understanding of basic scientific and mathematical concepts using Nature and Life as a model. Classes are designed to teach each theme at a slightly higher level of expectation and challenge, depending on the age of the children in the class.
Our core STREAMING curriculum plan ensures that all types of intelligence and interests are given an opportunity to learn and shine. Every week we ensure that Science, Technology, Reading and Writing, Engineering, Art, Math and Music, Individual Worksheets, Nature Studies, and Group Discussions are covered in the classroom. Monthly themes draw from the fields of Cultural Anthropology, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics to support the development of your child into a Global Citizen possessing a compassionate world view complemented by a scientific mindset.
Lesson Plans are sent in advance each week to advise parents of the upcoming theme and materials needed for activities. Extra learning resources and links are also offered to support extended discussions and exploration into the themes and ideas from class. Parents are strongly encouraged to gather items with their children as part of their learning process. Questions such as, "what do you think this will be for?" and "What could you use for this week's activity?" help to develop and stimulate their creative and problem-solving skills, as well as pique their interest in the coming lessons. We know that when time is set aside every weekend that is specifically for this task, it can be an unhurried experience, and parents will also be teaching their child about planning ahead, being prepared for their work, and getting organized for success ~ all very important life skills!
For Homeschooling parents in the making, our Zoom program can also be a special bonding experience for you with your child. Taking this time with them tells them that you value their learning, and it also allows for many questions to arise that you can be prepared to easily answer. This fosters warm, thoughtful communication and a natural mentoring relationship between you and your child that will last a lifetime.
Learning online is likely to become more and more the norm throughout your child's lifetime, allowing students to attend lectures, courses, and even schools around the world. Workplaces are also changing their attitudes towards telecommuting, with more meetings held internationally and remotely. Giving them early skills with technology and online environments is definitely giving your child a leg up on this new path to education.
The Goals: To inspire your child to be curious, empathetic, mindful, and confident while out in the world and at school. To prepare your child for successful entry into Kindergarten. To teach your child foundational skills for remote learning, such as computer technology familiarity and Zoom software skills.
French Immersion Students - After School Tutoring [classes begin September 28th, 2020]
(Online Zoom class for 1 hour, Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30 & Friday 4:00 -5:00 pm, for children 4 - 6 years old)
For families with children learning French or enrolled in a French Immersion Elementary School, we are very pleased to offer an After School French Tutoring Program.
Our French Immersion Program supports the BC curriculum, and your child will practice their French vocabulary through classroom discussions, lessons, and games. Monthly themes, explored through individual course work and project-based activities, are taught in French with some English translation. Our curriculum is designed to enhance your child's understanding of French, communication, and positive social interactions in general.
*Due to COVID-19, this class is currently only offered as an online program.
Mandarin - After School Tutoring [classes begin September 28th, 2020]
(In-class program is offered for 1 hour, Monday & Wednesday, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, for children 4 - 6 years old)
(Online Zoom class is offered for 1 hour on Thursday, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, for children 4 - 6 years old)
For families wishing their children to learn or practice speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin, we are very pleased to offer an After School Mandarin Tutoring Program, suitable for children with no previous exposure to the Mandarin language.
Our Mandarin Tutor supports your child’s developing vocabulary by engaging in discussions about monthly themes, which are explored through written course work and project-based activities taught in Mandarin with English and Pinyin translations. Lessons are designed to enhance your child's understanding of both the language and the culture behind the words while developing their communication skills.
*Due to COVID-19, this class is currently offered as both an in-person and online program.
The Goal: To provide children with a strong foundation in French and Chinese and support language immersion classwork.
High School Students
We warmly welcome students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to volunteer with us. Come learn about classroom management, child psychology, Early Childhood Education and the basics of having and keeping a job.
College and University
We are excited to offer placement options to Early Childhood Education and Montessori students seeking their certification. Trained teachers will supervise and support you with a quality experience in our classrooms. Special Needs and Infant/Toddler students, as well as Behavioral Intervention Consultant students will also find plenty to study at our Academy.