- Teaching Style
- Graduation Ceremony
- School Plays
- Outdoor Learning
- Little Chefs
At Doodle Academy the individual approach already starts on the first day! Our team of coaches has extensive experience and assesses the individual needs of each child very well. They pay close attention not to overwhelm the child. At the same time they offer more advanced lessons when the child is ready.
Every child should have the opportunity to adjust very gently to the new environment. This could sometimes take up to several weeks.
Doodle Academy Coaches exude contagious intellectual energy, demonstrate authentic interest in the life of the mind that extends beyond their core subject areas, and model genuine respect for students and one another.
Through their actions and interactions, our Coaches cultivate students’ spirit of wanting to know in every setting—the classroom, the library, the Hallway, the Dining Hall, the playground or the Sports Field.
Our dedicated curriculum team has created our own original phonic program, complete with original characters to help children with their first steps towards literacy. We also have a detailed Sight Words and Reading Program. These complementary programs help us maintain the confidence that our students will graduate with stronger literacy skills than other students within the same group.
Our curriculum also includes French lessons. For years it was thought that teaching foreign language to children as young as three years was futile. Research findings, on the contrary indicate quite the opposite. There are incredible psychological benefits of learning another language.
In addition to our excellent original program, we also run integrated extra curriculum programs. This curriculum allows children to learn in a hands-on way, through practical experiments, creative arts & crafts, music & dance, Mc Doodle Chefs & PE.
Doodle Teaching Style
At Doodle Academy, we use various methods for teaching. It’s a tough job to be an educator, but at the same time, it’s incredibly rewarding. Our passion, ideas, and, lesson plans can help young students love learning from the get-go. That said, it’s critical for us to adopt a teaching style that will work best for the students in our charge.
Of course, we work with students from different communities, religious backgrounds, ethnicities, and more, and no two students learn the same way.
So to be the most effective teacher, it’s important to know each of our students’ strengths and weakness—and then consider combining teaching styles.
Our most practiced teaching styles are:
A lot of teachers rely on demonstration to help their students comprehend material, as many individuals benefit from this style of teaching no matter how they learn.
One of the most common ways we can accomplish this is by showing, instead of just telling, by way of computer-based displays and experiments. We also use projectors and visual brainstorm webs.
When it comes to mathematics in particular, our students need supported practice—so make sure to model a new concept several times and then take the students through guided practice. Once guided practice has been completed, they can begin practicing independently.
Primary students generally learn best from hands-on activities. For instance, students will most likely have difficulty understanding the concept of multiplication if it is just explained to them. But if they begin experimenting with multiplication and practicing this type of problem, they will understand it better and recall how it works.
The traditional lecture
A standard, formal way of teaching is the traditional lecture style, where the teacher assumes the role of an expert and provide facts to her students. Many times, students will take notes on the information that is being taught.
This teaching method is especially beneficial before tests; it’s helpful in that it offers students the main topics to study and assists them in organizing a review sheet to study.
We are very aware that we have visual learners too, who may have difficulty with this style because they succeed by seeing rather than listening….and we accommodate these students too by using the appropriate tools needed.
Pairing students together or putting them in a group for a project or activity is beneficial for a number of reasons. It inspires students to work together, and inspires students in several ways. This style encourages:
- Problem solving
- Communication skills
- Interactive learning, and much more
Collaboration is also helpful in determining which areas certain students need assistance in and in which areas they are stronger.
We always have the collaboration method followed by a group discussion where students can converse about their perceptions and findings, showing you exactly what was discussed and how they worked together.
This teaching style includes minimal instructions. Instead of telling all students what to do, we instead let our students study independently. This helps our students develop self-actualization and critical thinking skills.
The hands-off teaching style is considered more sophisticated and works best for students in their later years of primary school. Students who can take on more responsibility in their classwork are ideal candidates for this teaching method (but of course, we know our students best 😉 ).
Children are invited to play in any stations that they chose upon arrival. This is an ongoing part of children’s learning experiences; all interest areas are open and children are free to choose what they would like to do. Some examples of the interest areas available daily to children are: sensory play (sand, water, play dough), table toys & manipulatives, free art center, dramatic play, block area, puzzles, and book center. We regularly rotate our toys to keep the children interested and engaged. Small and large group activities are also offered during free play, and the children have the option to participate in these activities as well.
Large Group Activities
Large group activities help children build a sense of community. Coaches and children take part in movement & music activities, storytelling, and other shared experiences. Our large group activities promote cooperation, sharing, taking turns, and enhance social development. While children are not obligated to take part in our large group time, they will often join in when they see how much fun we are having together!
These are activities designed for small groups of children, to allow plenty of adult interaction and guidance as necessary. Here are some of the general examples of the kinds of small group activities offered: creative activities (exploring different mediums and their uses); matching and sorting games; building and creating; fine motor enhancement activities (using scissors, printing, lacing etc.) and circle time activities(including phonics, number recognition, shapes, colors and group discussions). It is during our small group times that the children can build their existing knowledge, and practice the things they’ve learned. Book work is highly focused on during this time. By keeping the groups small, we ensure that each child receives the support and encouragement they need to be successful.
Children are encouraged to explore the nature throughout the year. Children are guided by the coach to observe plants, trees, insects, butterflies and birds. They make bird feeders, plant flowers and grow vegetables in the preschool garden.
Going on field-trips is a fun and interactive way to develop children’s interests. The place is often connected to what we are currently working on in class,eg. learning about prehistoric animals and going to the Din Expo. Field-trips are amazing learning experiences for our children!
Amidst academic and co curricular activities and their hectic schedules, each student, teacher and staff have their eyes focused on one event – “The Graduation Day” in our academic calendar. The beams of laughter, the tears of sorrow, the hard work, appreciation and criticisms and then the final countdown begins for this most awaited day.
On this day, the school hall wears a festive look, illuminated with shining faces of students of Doodle Academy as the school celebrates Graduation Day Ceremony of their Level 3 students.
The celebrations began with a welcome performance by the students.
Our proud students walk the ramp adorned in gowns and caps. Their smiling faces are welcomed by rapturous applause from the audience as they receive scrolls of merit on the stage. It is indeed heartwarming to see teary eyed parents as they watch their little angels grow into butterflies ready to flutter away.
On this day we stand proud of a new beginning, as our little ones move forward from Level 3 to Grade One. These little ones that receive their first diplomas will be our future high school graduates, moving forward to yet another new beginning in the different chapters of their lives.
Dramatic play is s a type of play where children assign and accept roles and act them out. It’s pretending to be someone or something else. Someone different and new like a super villain, or someone well known and familiar like mom. Sometimes children take on real-world roles, other times they take on fantasy roles. Either way, it is play that involves breaking down the barriers of reality and results in serious and natural learning.
Pretend play can take on multiple forms, and while pretending may just look like “playing”, it is integral to the developmental learning process. And at Doodle Academy we highly encourage our children to take part in this.
Doodle Academy takes great pride in rewarding the children for the all the achievements…no matter how small. When students are given nothing but negative feedback, they will feel beaten down and will lack any desire to put forth effort in the classroom. They know their efforts will only be met with criticism, so why even bother trying?
But when students are given positive feedback and are rewarded for a job well done, it’s only natural for them to continue to work hard and do their very best. Even the slightest positive student recognition does wonders for the child’s morale and enthusiasm about school work and their outlook on school, in general.
- No more diapers award
- wonderful artist
- Most Creative
- Wonderful Reader
- Keen learner
- For demonstrating Growth mindset
- For persevering through a difficult task
- For never giving up even when things got difficult
- For trying something new
- For being a smart cookie
- A wonderful writer
- Great Athlete
- Super student
- Perfect attendance
- Super smile
- For Graduating from Doodle Academy
In concert with modern child development research findings, the concept of the Outdoor Classroom is built upon the premise that children are complex beings. To nurture the whole child, early childhood education needs to follow the fundamental principle that children are learning everywhere and all the time. Instead of developmentally inappropriate early academics, children need a broad variety of learning experiences and opportunities to grow in areas such as gross and fine motor development, social-emotional development, language development, and creative expression. Mastery of the skills associated with these areas is critical for healthy development as well as later academic success, and requires an educational format that is very different from a traditional elementary classroom. The Outdoor Classroom evolves from the real needs of children, offers activities that are personally meaningful to them, and fully embraces developmentally appropriate practices in early care.
Doodle Academy takes great pride in providing a safe, responsive, and nurturing environment that are an important part of supporting the learning and development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Our Outdoor Activities also help to prevent challenging behaviors and serve as a core component of interventions for infants and young children.
Your home is a great place to launch a child’s cooking education, but when it’s obviously more than a passing fascination, maybe it’s time to investigate a more formal cooking education for your child. At Doodle Academy, our Little Chefs program has a standardized approach to passing fundamental cooking skills on to the next generation of great cooks.
Your 3-year old is not going to be chopping vegetables, but he or she might measure some ingredients into a bowl and help mix up a cake.
There are additional benefits to learning about preparing food, since math, reading and other core skills are used during the process. Socializing with other kids in a common pursuit of sustenance fosters cooperation in a way that doesn’t put a lot of pressure on them. Classes end with some type of tasting, where kids enjoy the bounty of the children’s efforts.
- Little Chefs program is focused on providing a safe and fun environment for budding chefs to explore and discover their own creative culinary points of view.
- Food prep skills are at the heart of the programs, but kids are also exposed to other important food-related concepts.
- Etiquette, in and around the kitchen, and table service skills are conveyed in a way that keeps kids interested.
- Safety is emphasized along the way as kids dive into an education that also includes elements of science, math, reading, and health.
A sneak peak at the very few dishes our skilled Little Chefs have produced:
- Whole Wheat Pizza with Toppings
- Hand-Rolled Chicken Meatballs
- Homemade Calzones
- Healthy Cannolis
- Healthy Birthday Cup Cakes with Frosting
- Fresh Chicken or Veggie Burgers
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Healthful Chocolate Cookies
- Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Dipping Sauce
- Stir Fry with Veggies and Chicken
- Brown Rice
- Fortune Cookies
- Homemade Guacamole
- Homemade Salsa
- Homemade Granola
- Banana Bread
- Scrambled Eggs with Veggies