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Preschool (class size 8)

(starting at 2.8 years of age)

The Glenburnie Approach to Preschool

Our approach is multi-dimensional, as it provides guidance and opportunities for students to develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally, through a wide range of carefully supervised experiences in a safe, enriched setting. By focusing on the ‘whole child’, students learn how to work co-operatively, develop effective interpersonal skills, and form positive relationships. The Glenburnie objective is to work in close relationship with our families, and to encourage the love and excitement for learning in our enriched, supportive activity-based setting.

Preschool Curriculum Details

At Glenburnie Private School in Oakville, passion and enthusiasm for learning are fostered through our dynamic Preschool’s theme-based, activity-centred environment, where student accomplishments are celebrated.

The classes (1:8 ratio) are taught by a qualified Early Childhood Educator. During the day, students rotate to specialty classrooms for instruction in Music, Computer Technology, Physical Education, Musical Movement, Art, and Library. French instruction is taught in the Preschool classroom.

Traditional academic skills, such as numeral recognition, letter and letter-sound recognition, and initial steps to reading and storytelling, are integrated with thematic studies to explore and to expand their world. Each student is provided with opportunities to experience success while being guided through a well-balanced programme of individual, small group, and larger group interactions in a caring, nurturing environment.

Knowledge and skills learned from the Music, Visual Arts, and Computer subject specific classes are regularly integrated into each child’s grade level’s curriculum. For more information, please visit our Student Life pages.

Language Arts

  • Listening & Oral Communication
  • Phonics
  • Pre-Reading and Story telling


  • Counting
  • Arithmetic
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Graphing

Theme Studies

  • Science
  • Social Science
  • History
  • Geography


  • Basic phrases
  • Colours
  • Numbers
  • Theme-based vocabulary through games, role-playing, and activities

Physical Education

  • Gross Motor Skill Development
  • Participation
  • Co-operation/Fair Play
  • Strategic Teamwork
  • Communication skills