At RHA, we believe that children are capable and curious individuals who thrive when they are active participants in their learning. When provided with the right tools and classroom environment, children become critical thinkers and problem solvers. We understand that there is a child developmental continuum and that all children grow and develop at their own pace.
Our approach is based on the delight students find in making new discoveries while exploring themes and materials that ignite their interest and curiosity. Through investigation and questioning, a play-based learning model captures the students’ interest in topics relevant to their unique worldview while enhancing their skills. Through activities like growing a garden in their classroom, nurturing a pet fish or using materials to collaborate and build elaborate structures, students build their independence and collaboration skills to create, nurture and demonstrate responsibility. Numeracy, scientific inquiry and literacy are built into students' daily experiences with meaningful, engaging and developmentally appropriate experiences.
All learning and experiences are set within the context of our caring, nurturing environment that focuses on building positive relationships with peers, teachers, the environment and our community. Focus on the social-emotional learning of every child based on where they are situated at any given time helps them move forward with steps towards social maturity, good decision making, self regulation and skills to work through situations that challenge them.
To learn through the lens of the outdoors and nature, Early Years students go on weekly neighbourhood walks to make observations about their environment, to question their surroundings and find ways to make a positive impacts on their community. RHA students make astute observations and have creative ideas on these walks about ways to make the world a better place.
Additionally, their observations lead to deep learning: from habitats for birds and insects to ways to make the environment cleaner so that everyone can enjoy the parks. The students have discussed real-world problems such as how to fix the cracks in the streets and why some cars drive through puddles and make big splashes while others do not. Listening to our students and engaging in deep conversations is a cornerstone of learning at RHA!
Our nurturing and supportive staff provide a learning setting that encourages and fosters early learning and balanced development for every student at RHA. Play is the cornerstone of our Early Years curriculum, as it is essential to the healthy social and cognitive development of children. Not only do we follow the Early Learning Framework that is set out by the Ministry of Education, we also enhance our learning with integration of Jewish holidays and traditions in meaningful ways.