In the Silver Creek classrooms--toddler and pre-school--we provide a creative, playful, and fun variety of multi-sensory activities to encourage learning. The work of children is play and it is easy to see that in our setting. We know that learning opportunities come from experiences and we provide some very unique opportunities for your children.
We employ a modified Emergent Curriculum to enhance children’s individual inquiry approach to play-based learning. Building upon the children’s interests and adding to those interests in order to encourage experiential learning is fun and exciting. It also takes involvement from the teachers and support staff to observe and engage the children, encouraging them to develop new skills by introducing early academic concepts, providing for self exploration, engaging in social situations and encouraging independence and self awareness. Children are provided with a tailored program that fits their ability level and learning style.
As many of our students have physical challenges, we make certain that play activities can be accessed by making modifications and accommodations to seating, play materials, positioning and the use of technology to support whatever the need might be. We embrace an interdisciplinary team approach in the classroom to make certain that all children are engaged in the activities.
We also have a new naturalized, accessible out-of-doors play space that will be used as an outdoor classroom. This space will open in late 2015 and we are very excited to experience the learning opportunities in all areas--math, science, mobility, sensory, music, art, and physical activity--that this new green space will provide.
The staff at Silver Creek have definitely exceeded my expectations in every way. They genuinely care about the children and work tirelessly every day for the benefit of the children. They also have a wealth of knowledge and have become my trusted advisers whenever I have questions or concerns about my child.
I am always in awe at the great variety and quality of the activities that your staff bring to the outdoor space. The range of activities and the attention to detail is quite a feat. Amazing really. Thank you for all that you do.
Polly Sutton, Mother of Ethan
The things I like about Silver Creek: 1. Playing on the computer 2. Playing dress-up with my friends 3. I like when the teachers read books to me 4. I also liked to spend time with Bill. He used to tell me jokes.They were very, very, very, very funny. 5. My favourite activity was listening to music
Christopher Graci, 4 years old
David flourished at Silver Creek and so did I. The staff became my friends and a great emotional support to me. They helped with equipment suggestions, sources of extra funding, and co-ordinating David’s school placement at Sunnyview P.S. Well, David moved on but I stayed. I have been on the Board of Directors since 1998, and President for the past 5 years. Silver Creek is a magical place!
Cuando me recomendaron Silver Creek me dio mucho miedo separarme de mi hija Victoria aunque sea por varias horas , ya que desde que ella nacio no me habia separado ni un solo momento , pero me di cuenta que ese grupo de personas que trabajan alli son unos exelentes profesionales , que no solo entregan su conocimiento a los ninos sino que entregan su corazon y mi Victoria no solamente aprendio muchas cosas interesantes que la van ha ayudar en su futuro, tambien en su condicion fisica Silver Creek posee un grupo muy profesional y constante que me ayudaron mucho con lo que Victoria necesitaba.
Toya Cruz, mother of Victoria
My husband and I are so grateful for the wonderful and exceptional team of teachers, therapists and volunteers at Silver Creek. It is inspirational and beautiful to witness daily the love, passion and dedication that they have for each and every child/student, and their professions. They are the very best!
The staff at Silver Creek are a very special group of professionals who I find care deeply for the children they work with while at the same time pushing them to excel and surpass expectations often placed on children with disabilities. Thank you, Silver Creek!
My daughter first attended Silver Creek when she was 2 years old and it was the first time I left her in the care of someone outside our family. The teachers and staff at Silver Creek were so empathetic and understanding and made the process less stressful for both my daughter and myself.
The staff at Silver Creek see the children as a ‘whole child’ i.e. well beyond any special needs that they might have, and see them as individuals with lots of strengths in different ways. For me, I have learned that the more work I can put into helping my child, the more she will be able to achieve her goals, and they can be small goals so we can celebrate success often. You are a very special group of people and you have definitely made a huge positive impact in our lives.
I cannot thank you enough for the exceptional care and love the Silver Creek Staff has shown my child. It will forever be a wonderful memory in Ella’s life and a great start to her educational career. Thank you.