Our Philosophy at The Think Sun Preschool
The central focus of our school is your child. We believe strongly in ensuring that your child graduates from The Think Sun Preschool a happy, self-confident, independent learner eager to tackle Kindergarten.
Every child attending The Think Sun Preschool has the right to feel secure, loved and validated.
We believe that it is our role and responsibility to PREPARE our child to read and write through our art and music activities. We believe strongly that children pushed too early into academic reading and writing activities do not benefit, and in fact, become “turned off”.
The Think Sun Preschool Teachers
Maureen Khallad has been a pre-school music teacher since 1989 with a total of seven years of musical training prior to teaching at Think Sun.
She has developed, over these years, her own musical education program which enables her students to ENJOY making music, listening to music, and best of all using the best instruments on earth-her students’ voices.
Jane Hall has been a pre-school art teacher since 1985-she and I have taught together since 1989. She has completed many courses in art as well as early childhood development.
Jane believes very strongly in preparing her Students for a public school classroom where class sizes will increasingly demand a SUPERIOR listening ability in students.
The Think Sun Pre-School was originally located in Haysboro. The original school was called The Helping Hand Early Childhood Education Center and Maureen was a graduate of this program in 1959!
She took over the school in 1989 when Mrs. Virginia Walter, the founder of this program retired. The Think Sun Pre-School moved to Strathcona in 1995 where it continues to welcome and prepare preschoolers for kindergarten.
Think Sun Preschool Teachers
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I made a good decision to start my kids off at Think Sun and in six years I can honestly say that I never had a negative or critical thought about the pre-school, its lovely assistants or you, it’s amazing teachers. Thank you so much for your contributions in the growth development, safety and happiness of my children. It has been a wonderful experience for all of us that will not be forgotten.
Mrs. Pat Voncina ― Calgary
We were extremely pleased with the teachers and all the activities of this very fine pre-school. Mrs. Khallad and Mrs. Hall are extremely experienced and proficient at teaching three, four, and five year old children. The quality of the school curriculum is superb.
Dr. Jayne Hague Blain, MD ― Calgary
Mrs. Khallad and Mrs. Hall are able to leverage their vast experience and expertise to create a positive orderly and consistent learning environment. They teach in a loving yet firm manner where appropriate behavior is valued and respect is taught.
Mrs. Ashley Searle ― Calgary
Maureen Khallad and Jane Hall work magic with the children. They appreciate, encourage and accept the individual gifts each child brings. The children are not under any pressure to conform to rigid standards. They are allowed the freedom to be individuals and are all expected to behave in a responsible, safe and polite fashion. Maureen and Jane have an understanding of children’s learning styles and levels which translates into providing experiences which are at an appropriate level, well organized, safe, and thus enjoyable for the children.
David and Megan Cornhill ― Calgary
We absolutely would not hesitate to recommend Think Sun to anyone. We have found both your facility and yourselves to be outstanding. We will be forever grateful for the impact that you have had on our daughter and our family.
Dr. Kevin Philipow DDS ― Calgary
Do you have field trips?
No. Due to increased liability risks and parental concerns regarding school bus safety we no longer have any field trips. Further, we feel that children this young benefit more from field trips with their parents.
Must I volunteer?
No. We do not count parent volunteers as “staff” in our pupil teacher ratio and therefore do not have a mandatory volunteer requirement. However, our school has an open door policy for parents to visit at ANY time. We welcome you to come and enjoy the session through your child’s eyes, without being “put to work”.
However, with new Government regulations for “under three” children, there MAY be a requirement for parents of “under three” children to volunteer on a rotating basis if the numbers exceed the regulated limit of six “under three” per adult. This rarely occurs as we normally restrict the number of “under three” children to six per class.
What about Snacks?
Snack time is an important mid-session break for the children and the teachers. The parents provide their child’s snack.
NO PEANUTS, NUTS OF ANY SORT ARE PERMITTED IN THE SCHOOL.
Can I visit when my child is in class?
Yes, Parents are welcome at any time to visit The Think Sun Preschool.
When will I receive information about September start dates and times?
A package will be mailed to you the last week of August.
What happens if my child doesn't like school?
We would hope that your child would begin to enjoy school by the end of September. Some children just loathe saying “bye” and end up happily playing once Mom or Dad is out of sight. If we have tried all our “tricks” in our considerable experience, we’ll work with you as to the best solution for your child. Please refer to Withdrawal Notice for full details on withdrawal conditions.
Do you have an orientation for Parents?
Depending on our registration numbers, orientation occurs during the first morning/afternoon after Labour Day and this twenty-minute briefing gives us a chance to introduce you to our school, our goals and what you can expect in the next few weeks. For students starting after September, we ask parents to stay for about 20 minutes the first morning/afternoon (or longer if you so choose).