Our mission is to provide every child with a positive and supportive environment where they are encouraged to develop their creative, cognitive, and social abilities. We offer Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Senior Kindergarten programs.
Joanne Freer graduated from Conestoga College with her Early Childhood Education Diploma in 1976. In 1978, she completed a two-year Certification with the Association for Early Childhood Education in Ontario. Read More
Karen Sanger first started working with children in early 1985, running a parent-and-tot program at her local recreation centre. She then opened Building Blocks Nursery School with Joanne Freer in September 1986. Read More
Lorraine Quibell joined the Building Blocks staff in 2001. Prior to joining Building Blocks, Lorraine worked for ErinoakKids on a part-time basis for 7½ years as an Outreach Assistant working with children with special needs and physical disabilities. Read More
Linda Nunes graduated from George Brown in June 1988, earning a diploma in Early Childhood and started working with children in a daycare setting that September. Linda lived in Kingston Ontario for many years and worked for a home agency for over 10 yrs and supplied for a local YMCA. Read More
Cathy Sookhoo grew up in the City of Toronto, she studied Early Childhood Education at Humber College and graduated in 2001. After acquiring a full-time position in the ECE field, she decided to further her studies at York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Read More
Jennifer Lam is thrilled to be joining the Building Blocks staff for the 2012-2013 school year. Jennifer will be working primarily with the morning Senior Kindergarten class and planning their daily art activities. Read More
Today, Nicholas’ Grade One teacher, who has only known him for just over two weeks, called us to tell us how he is doing and for us to have the opportunity to ask her questions about the curriculum, etc. (It seems that this is the norm now for Grade One teachers to do this.)
I mentioned to the teacher that Nicholas doesn’t share a lot of the details of what he is learning at school. She wasn’t surprised to hear this overall but was surprised that he hadn’t told us about a specific situation that happened today.
As part of their French immersion curriculum, the grade one class learns new words every week. They practice writing them and saying them very frequently with the teacher and the class. The teacher then helps them with their pronunciation. The teacher tells us that today, Nicholas successfully pronounced the words on the first try with her. She was so impressed that she made him the teacher and she told the class that if they wanted some help with their words, they could see Nicholas. Many wanted to talk to him. He sat up tall in his chair and waited until they were all quiet and then he began one word at a time. She said she could tell he was quite proud of himself. Craig and I know that we have both of you to thank for teaching him the skills that led him to be competent and comfortable to do this so quickly in the new school year at a new school with new classmates. It is truly amazing that Nicholas, the quiet child of 4 years ago, would now lead new classmates through an oral exercise in a new language so comfortably. When we asked him about it after the conversation with his teacher, he said he shrugged it off smiling. And to think I was so nervous about his transition to Grade One!!