Specializing in Early Childhood Education
The JumpStart Philosophy
These hands-on activities are structured and each serve a purpose in your child’s learning development. We believe that children are unique and each have differing learning styles, which is why we also incorporate music, drama, as well as the traditional method of paper and pencil into our daily activities. These activities are taught one-on-one as well as in groups. With an all rounded teaching approach, your child will receive quality education which will ensure success throughout the year and beyond.
– (The Albert Shanker Institute (2009). Preschool Curriculum: What’s in It for Children and Teachers? Washington, D.C.: The Albert Shanker Institute)
Problem Solving Skills
Scaffolding Printing Skills
Understanding the unique letter sounds is a key learning principle that children at a young age can easily grasp with the proper instruction from a qualified professional. Our focus is on letter sounds and understanding that each sound is represented by a letter which, when put together, creates a word. Young children are excited to learn new things, and absorb information like little sponges when provided with opportunities to do so!
We also do not teach the alphabet letters in order but rather in a way that scaffolds their printing skills. We use a technique created by Alberta Health Services that provides students with an effective way of learning to print letters correctly while learning their sounds simultaneously. These approaches equip your child with the skills needed to ensure educational success when entering school.
Reading & Writing
Sharon has been with the Edmonton public school system for over 20 years teaching in the classroom and acting as a Consultant helping schools and teachers with Early Language Learners.
Shortly after obtaining her Bachelor of Education from the UofA in 2002, Sharon began her career with the Edmonton Public School system. She developed a passion for teaching the ‘Early Years’ students and it led her to complete her Master of Education in 2012 at the UofA focusing on Early Language Learners.
While on maternity leave with her first child, she founded Jumpstart Learning Centre in 2013. Here’s how…
Sharon and her husband, Gary, welcomed their first child in 2012. While on maternity leave, Sharon was a part of a local Mom’s group and they routinely got together to participate in various social activities with their kiddos. A common complaint amongst the Mom’s in the group was about the lack of quality preschool options that actually prepared their children for school. All the options marketed learning but lacked the substance and results. This, coupled with her desire to prepare her own daughter for school, led her to create a service that would solve this problem using her passion, education, and experience,
While still on maternity leave, she opened the very first Jumpstart Learning Centre location out of her home with just a handful of students to keep her busy, but not too busy! She used her education and experience to create the perfect program that bridged the gap between preschool and Grade 1. The curriculum uses a combination of both tried and true, as well as the latest research-based methods. The curriculum ties directly into the school system and builds the required skills & abilities as well as confidence to succeed.
When it came time for Sharon to go back to the school system, word had already gotten out about the program and there was a large demand from referrals and word of mouth and Parents wanting her to continue offering this program.
Sharon had planned to return to the school system, but didn’t want to let down all these parents in the community. As a solution, she decided to create a standardized curriculum, lesson plans, and a training program to be able to show others how to deliver the Jumpstart program. Sharon knew there were some pillars of the program that could not be compromised such as:
- Small class sizes
- Separation of age groups
- Structured environment
- Play with Purpose and Intentional Approach
- Meaningful Student Assessment
She hired the first outside Educator in 2014. Later, an opportunity to open a commercial location presented itself and the rest is history!
She now sits on the Board of Directors of Jumpstart Learning Centre and routinely tweaks the program and ensures the Educators are trained and delivering the programs original vision.
Idea for the Jumpstart Program is born
Jumpstart curriculum is standardized and first outside Educator is hired