Is your child approaching an age when they’ll be ready for an early childhood education program?
We can’t overstate how crucial early childhood experiences are to a child’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. The lessons they learn at a young age will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The experiences they share with you and your immediate family are essential, but there is so much more to development that goes beyond the family nucleus.
As teachers who have worked with young children for decades, we know the positive outcomes of early childhood programming firsthand. Countless studies have shown that pre-primary school education can dramatically improve life outcomes and promote socialization, respect, resilience, and a boost to overall confidence levels. Learning and playing with their peers will set your child up for success when they’re ready to “graduate” to elementary school and beyond.
The mistake that many parents make is that they think these programs need to be entirely academic in nature. Not at all! Being enrolled in an early childhood education program that promotes expressions of their inner creativity can have an even more positive impact—and that includes Toronto dance classes for very young children!
At Pegasus Dance Studios, we offer three distinct early childhood education programs that will help your child grow and explore! If you’re in the east end of Toronto near the Danforth, Leslieville, or the Beaches or even from out of the neighbourhood, you’re going to love the programs that we offer just steps from Coxwell subway station.
Childhood Expressions Preschool Program
Thirty-three years ago, our Founding Directors, Jane Davis-Munro and Lynda Johnson developed our Childhood Expressions Preschool Program. Since then, the program has been refined and updated, but always rooted in teaching the joy of dance and art to young children. This program informs much of what we do here at Pegasus Dance Studio.
Pulling from her experience as a Certified Early Childhood Educator, Jane Davis-Munro has ensured that the Childhood Expressions program works in conjunction with the foundational healthy practices of childhood development. This focus means that children are encouraged to grow as individuals as they bring their unique spirit to each class.
There are three unique sections of the program. The first is Music & Movement, where your children will explore how to make music with percussion instruments and explore their own spontaneous movements. The program helps develop their basic locomotor skills, body awareness, and control.
In the Exploring Art section, kids get to make their own artwork, exploring colour, shape, form, and texture. Remember, the process of creation is always more valuable than the end product. The program also offers preliminary scientific, nature, and math concepts.
The last section of the program is Dramatic Play. Every day, children explore a different theme through roleplaying. We utilize felt boards, puppets, fingerplay, rhymes, and books to help Toronto kids build their language, vocabulary, and sequencing skills.
This program is designed for children 30 months as of January 1st, 2020, and takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11:30 AM.
Dance with Me Program
If your young child aged three or under has a love of dance and movement, then our Dance With Me program is an exceptional choice for a Toronto early childhood education program!
This music and movement Toronto dance class is for toddlers AND their caregivers. It offers a supportive and nurturing environment where children can explore dance, song, instruments, and literacy activities. Not only will it help with their socialization, but it also offers you an opportunity to bond with your child while doing something entirely new!
This Toronto dance class/early childhood education program is offered every Friday from 9:30 to 10:15 AM.
Fairytale Creative Ballet Program
For slightly older boys and girls (4-year-olds born in 2015), we offer the Fairytale Creative Ballet Program. Also incorporating the principles of Early Childhood Education, this program encourages a love of ballet, movement, storytelling, and expression. The program is based on our renowned Creative Ballet program, one of our favourite Toronto dance classes, but with a fairytale twist!
We build each class around a fun, modernized twist on a fairytale classic, teaching your child valuable lessons about empowerment, courage, enthusiasm, and determination. Everyone enrolled in the class will also participate in our year-end showcase at the end of May, so parents will be able to see their children’s work/play firsthand!
This program is held every Thursday from 5:45-6:30 PM.
Providing The Best Opportunities for Your Children
If you believe that your babies or toddlers could benefit from a fun and exciting early childhood education program, then Pegasus Dance Studio could be the place for you and your family. We’ve been running these early childhood education programs for over 30 years with great success. Believe it or not, many of our former students have brought their own children once they’ve grown up!
To enroll your child in one of our Early Childhood Education programs, we invite you to contact us today. We can’t wait to work with your child(ren) to give them a real headstart with their education!