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Happy Heart is an arts based play school for ages 3-5 offered within our St. Albert studio!

Classes Offered
4 years of age (MWF Mornings) 9:30-11:30 a.m. Joanne Boelee
3 or 4 years of age (MWF Afternoons) 12:30-2:30 p.m. Joanne Boelee
3 years of age (T/Th Mornings) 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jackie Froment
3 or 4 years of age (T/Th Afternoons) 12:30-2:30 p.m. Jackie Froment

Program Outline

Our program will expose children to arts and academics in a relaxed environment. Our classroom routine will incorporate a discussion about the calendar and weather, story time and center time, with an emphasis on learning through play and the arts. Movement will be an integral part of the preschool class. Like all other visual and performing arts it will be integrated into our thematic units! Increased classroom structure and expectations will increase as children move through the program.

Curriculum Implemented
At Happy Heart we use the Handwriting without Tears program to teach pre-writing skills that are required for Kindergarten readiness. Handwriting without Tears is a multisensory program for teaching printing to children that is easy and fun.
 
Teaching letters and their sounds are much more exciting when you have a syllabus of characters with stories that bring them to life. We do this using the Animated Literacy program. Animated literacy is teaching the foundational skills of phonological awareness, phonics and vocabulary to bring comprehension. 

Alumni Registration: TBA

Full Registration: TBA

MEET OUR HAPPY HEART PLAYSCHOOL EARLY LEARNING TEAM:

Jackie Froment – Tuesday/Thursday Program Instructor
Jackie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood from the University of Alberta. She taught Kindergarten in St. Albert before starting her family. Miss Jackie has been teaching dance for over 20 years.

Joanne Boelee – Monday/Wednesday/Friday Program Instructor
Joanne earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta.  Joanne is passionate about early learning and devoted close to twenty five years of her career working in pediatric school based practice for Greater St. Albert Catholic schools while supporting students, educators and families as an integral member of specialized early learning teams in pre-kindergarten as well as kindergarten. As a mother of two, Joanne enjoys playing and managing various sports teams within our community.

Serena Childs – Tuesday/Thursday Program Assistant
Graduated from the Early Childhood Program at McEwan College in 2006. She has worked as an Educational Assistant for the Edmonton Public school board and St. Albert Public school board as well as co-teaching preschool in St. Albert.

Becki Sinclair – Monday/Wednesday/Friday Program Assistant
As a mom of four active children, Becki has spent a lot of free time cheering them on at a rink, a field, a pool or a gymnastics mat. You can also find Becki walking their three dogs along one of St Albert’s beautiful trails!  Her children’s activities have led her to numerous volunteer opportunities, to working in coordinator-type roles and to board positions.  Building on an educational background in Developmental Psychology, Becki has spent many years working and volunteering in local schools.  She enjoys helping children to explore their interests and to learn new skills.

Parent Handbook (2024-2025)

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