Forest Grove Preschool Academy of Arts and Technology Fitness Program

Organization Sponsor: Forest Grove Preschool Academy of Arts and Technology


Program Description

Forest Grove’s focus on health is extended to various methods of exercise that we introduce children to. Specialists demonstrate yoga, dance and relaxation exercises, balance activities, Pilates, and stretches.       

        This break is an excellent way to stimulate the body and mind, as well as creativity.       

Weather permitting the students are taken outdoors, to engage in outdoor physical activity. We find this to be a key component to a child’s healthy school life, particularly due to recent trends in public school systems that see decreases in physical education and outdoor activity.

Funding Sources: 

Forest Grove

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Halton's Public and Separate school boards offer optional Junior and Senior Kindergarten programs. Forest Grove offers a superior alternative to Halton's JK/SK programs. Forest Grove's curriculum not only incorporates all the components of the Ontario Ministry of Education Kindergarten Curriculum, but far exceeds the standards created by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Therefore, from an academic perspective, by attending Forest Grove's superior programs, your children will be far more prepared for entry into the school system at the grade 1 level

Impact Of Program: 

Between 1999 and the present, Forest Grove expanded six times, including the opening of a second location in 2005. Forest Grove operates an outstanding arts, science, and technology curriculum, inspired by the Directors’ dream trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

"Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water." At Forest Grove, our Reggio Emilia-inspired program is founded on the recognition and respect of each and every child as a unique and capable individual. Through an interest-based and child-directed curriculum, we encourage their inquisitive nature and curiosity. As educators, we learn along with them, supporting and facilitating their exploration academically, creatively and socially.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Forest Grove Preschool Academy as it is known today began as the brainchild of two educators, Alicja Podgorska and Karen Chaplin, who met in 1992, and worked as educators in Montessori schools in the Toronto area.

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