Day-to-day fun

A Day in the Life at Magic Circle Preschool

Our educators are all bilingual, and speak both English (with explanations in French) and French (with explanations in English) to ensure children learn both languages. Both French and English are spoken interchangeably throughout the day (however more so for the 4-year-olds).

 

Language and culture are very important at Magic Circle. For instance, during the “Italy”, "Indigenous Cultures”, and “Nunavut” themes, children learn words and phrases in these languages as well. We feel that it is important to stimulate their brains’ language centers, allowing them to understand that the same things can be called another word in different languages, and we want to foster a sense of respect for other cultures and languages – all in an inclusively fun environment.

Our days are also filled with songs. We feel that the regular use of songs ease transitions from one activity to another, and reinforce a sense of routine. We sing in both English and French. Your child will very likely teach you our special Magic Circle songs!

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Here is a sample day at Magic Circle:

Morning Circle Time
  • Sing our Hello Song

  • Go over the name of the day, the month, the number of the day, each with their own song

  • Go over the weather

  • Play a pattern game

  • Letter of the day

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Explore Our Theme
  • During Circle Time, we will learn about the theme ie: Dinosaurs, Sea Friends etc.

  • Read a story on-theme

  • Do finger play and sing songs

  • After Circle time is over, the children will still find the theme very present throughout the class! For example, the books in the reading corner, the play-doh cutouts and the puzzles will all be theme-based. Not to mention our Dramatic Play Corner where they can reenact what they learned earlier in the day, such as digging up Dinosaur Bones!

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Arts & Crafts Time
  • We demonstrate the arts & crafts project before the children take it on themselves.

  • We love Arts & crafts because it works creativity, fine motor skills, lerning to follow steps aand so much more!

  • We do fun projects relating to our theme

  • Our art projects often make unexpected use of everyday items.

  • Our Artwork decorates our magical classroom, this makes children feel pride.

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Snack & Lunch Time
  • Around mid-morning we sing the Snack Song to gather everyone 

  • The children go to the sink to wash their hands before they eat.

  • Snack & Lunchtimes are wonderful opportunities to socialise without structure!

  • At close to noon time, we repeat the process for lunch.

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Free Playtime in our Learning Centers

As detailed on the page about why the Magic Circle way is heavily based on play, we take our fun playtime very seriously! Our approach is backed by science and is a powerful way to encourage a love of learning.

The independent-play Learning Centers are broken down into the 8 stations shown below. Each day, the children have blocks of time during which they have full autonomy to select what they'd like to explore and receive all the help they need to make the most of their playtime.