SmartiePrep – Back To School Programs

Run by Alana Kaplan and Carly Baker

Experienced Occupational Therapists from Strive Therapy Services

JK / SK…On Our Way!

For students going into JK or SK

Start the new school year as a Smartiepants after attending this 1-week intensive, pre-printing program. Students entering JK and SK will be introduced to the foundational skills needed for printing. Children will work on developing their fine motor skills, biomechanics for writing, efficient pencil grip, visual motor skills and be introduced to letter recognition and formations. Through the use of games and multi-sensory activities students will learn all the tools to help set them up as a writer!


JK / SK… On Our Way!

Monday Aug 27 – Friday Aug 31

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Price: $400*

*HST Exempt & may be covered by Health Insurance under Occupational Therapy

Grade 1 & 2, We’re Coming For You!

For students going into Grade 1 or 2

This is geared for students that are entering Grade 1 or that have just completed Grade 1 who are ready to have fun playing a variety of skill challenging games. This one-week intensive program focuses on refinement and development of fine motor, letter formations, organization of written work and written expression with an emphasis on making learning FUN! Activities will focus on general goals and expectations of Grade 1/2 class formulated in a way that is all play based. Fine motor skills and printing skills will be targeted through crafts and games that children will be able to take home and share. After completing this session your child will start off the new school year ahead of the pack… as a true Smartiepants!


Grade 1 & 2, We’re Coming For You!

Monday Aug 27 – Friday Aug 31

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00 pm

Price: $400*

*HST Exempt & may be covered by Health Insurance under Occupational Therapy


How do I know if my program is in the Smartiepants Studio or the SmartieLoft?

Check the schedules for the current session to see when your program is being held.

Where is the nearest parking?

There is always paid street parking on both sides of Eglinton Avenue. After 10:00am there is free 1-hour side street parking on many of the streets surrounding Smartiepants. Using the Green P app, our code is 6130. To discount your parking using the Green P app, click 'discount' and type in 'Crosstown.'

Where do I park my stroller?

If your program is being run in the Smartiepants Studio - a maximum of 8 strollers can be parked in front of our window (not blocking the sidewalk/doorway). In the event that the front is too full, strollers must be parked at our backdoor entrance (enter from the laneway).

If your program is being run in the SmartieLoft - all strollers must be parked at the back of Smartiepants. You can leave your stroller along the railing, and can use a stroller lock if you would like.

Also, please bring your stroller protectors when it is raining or snowing for extra protection.

Is Smartiepants a nut-free facility?

Yes. Please do not bring anything that contains any nuts/traces of nuts.

Which door do I use to enter Smartiepants?

To enter the Smartiepants Studio (ground floor), you may use both the front and back doors. Our front door is located at 1136 Eglinton Avenue West. Our back door can be found by walking through the laneway behind Smartiepants - you will see a white door with a Smartiepants logo on it. Ring the doorbell to enter.

To enter the SmartieLoft (second floor), we advise you to use the backdoor entrance that can also be found by walking through the laneway behind Smartiepants. The door to the SmartieLoft is to the LEFT of the Smartiepants Studio back door. You will walk up 5 steps, walk down the corridor and ring the doorbell at the SmartieLoft door.

If you choose to use a door on Eglinton to access the SmartieLoft, the door is located in the front walkway at 1138 Eglinton Avenue West (Baygin Tailors). You will see a SmartieLoft logo / arrow to follow.

Do you provide snack?

In classes longer than 1-hour, we will provide your child will a light snack. If you would prefer to bring your own snack, please make sure it is nut-free.


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1136 Eglinton Avenue West