SaskExpress Studio – Saskatoon is excited to announce their brand new Performing Arts program for preschoolers – Spark Preschool! This program is one-of-a kind in Saskatoon and is now taking registrations for 2019 – 2020.

Spark PreschoolWhy the arts? 

Numerous studies have shown that combining preschool academic training with music, dance, theatre and visual arts enhances learning pathways to improve cognitive, physical and social development. The arts can help prepare children for the classroom through the stimulation of imagination, the strengthening of critical thinking skills, the enhancement of craftsmanship and goal setting and so much more! Most importantly, arts education is a fun and engaging segue into a lifelong love of learning.

What will a typical A-B-C (Arts Based Curriculum) day look like at SaskExpress Studio – Saskatoon Spark Preschool?

Spark will utilize a creative arts curriculum with enriched literacy and numeracy learning to prepare children as creative, compassionate and confident individuals, academically and socially ready for kindergarten and beyond. Our amazing instructor, Michelle Garrecht, has an education degree specializing in early childhood development and is excited to combine her experiences in both teaching and dance in the classroom. A typical day will be as follows:

Our day begins with greetings and group learning. During circle time, we focus on calendar activities, weather and numeracy activities. We will also use the Animated Literacy program which allows students to experience letters and sounds in a variety of fun ways that help to tap into individual ways students learn.

Daily arts and crafts provide an engaging pathway to cognitive development in young children. In addition to strengthening hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, students learn colour, shape and pattern recognition. In our class, students will be given the opportunity to create individual and group projects. The children will have the opportunity to experiment with a broad range of materials and media, including paper, glue, paints, collage and printmaking.

It’s through play that young children come to know and understand the world around them. The socio-emotional, physical and intellectual development of children is dependent upon activity. We believe that play is the best way for young children to learn! In our classroom, children are given time each day for free exploration, experimentation and observation.

The drama component is designed to build confidence through fun. Our programming helps the students foster imagination, language development, social skills and expressiveness. The students will be given the opportunities to engage in creative expression through roleplay, puppetry, storytelling, dress up, mime, rhymes and more.

Dance introduces movement in rhythm and provides a joyful way to develop large motor skills, coordination, spatial awareness, fitness, balance and self expression. Students will be introduced to creative movement using games and manipulatives such as scarves and streamers! In addition to creative movement, students will receive an introduction to musical theatre and jazz, tap and ballet with the focus on the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association (CDTA) syllabus as well as acro-dance using the Acrobatic Arts syllabus.

Our music curriculum will introduce the children to a variety of styles and musical expression and encourage students to find their voice. We will guide students in creating, performing, listening to, and discussing music. Students will have fun singing and developing a vocal foundation while also working with rhythm and exploring hand instruments and percussion.

Spark PreschoolWhat programs are offered?

SaskExpress Studio – Saskatoon Spark Preschool will be offering two amazing preschool programs for Fall 2019:

3 & 4 Year Old Program
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Cost: $160.00 / Month + $75.00 Material Fee

4 & 5 Year Old Program
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $200.00 / Month + $75.00 Material Fee

Spark PreschoolSaskExpress Studio – Saskatoon Spark Preschool

When: Opening Fall 2019, Registration Now OPEN
Where: SaskExpress Studio – Saskatoon, 40-368 Edson Street (tours starting June 1)
Contact: Lorna Batycki at
Phone: 306.477.5553