Enriched Kindergarten

Teacher Ratio – 1:8

Opening Circle: starts off with the singing of O’Canada, our friendship tree, calendar, greetings in Spanish and our sight and sign language words of the week.

Phonics:  is the stepping stone to our reading and printing activities. The children learn through musical phonics.  The children will develop the understanding of letter sounds, vowel and consonant combinations coupled with opportunities to sound out and read the printed word. Paper and pencil work is an important component of our daily work time.   Phonics lessons are offered in small groups.

Small Group Work:  divides the children into the appropriate developmental level of the Enriched Kindergarten Program.  Small group work happens for approximately 45 minutes each day, offering opportunities for individual seatwork.  During small group, the children are presented with phonics activities, mathematical tasks and coaching in printing skills.

Co-operative Game: this is a fun way to learn turn taking skills, develop leadership traits, work co-operatively for end results and follow through with simple game rules while developing good sportsmanship.

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Creative Movement: this is a fun and physical time of the day for the children to develop body awareness, spacial relations while fostering their ability to follow directions. Enjoying the tempo of cultural music, the children enhance their co-ordination skills.

Creative Arts:  this expressive time is a period of the day where the children get to develop skills in pasting, cutting and painting using a variety of bias-free materials to reinforce concepts, giving them pride in their accomplishments.

Mathematics: this is an area of exciting, hands-on learning experiments.  The children will develop an understanding of basic mathematical skills by identifying sets and whole numbers, comparing and measuring, using scales, creating and using patterns, sorting and classifying of objects and develop knowledge in simple addition and subtraction, while using correct mathematical terms.

Spanish:  is quickly becoming the language of the world. The children are exposed to conversational Spanish to peak their interest and offer opportunities to share greetings and phrases with their friends in the classroom. This ties nicely with the geography curriculum as we often study countries whose main language is Spanish.

Language Arts:  this is an important part of your child’s day where we encourage them to effectively communicate with their peers and teachers.  The children’s vocabulary is expanded by opportunities to relate personal experiences to narrate stories of interest, prod with “Wh” questions and finally to enjoy the printed word.  Children will also have the opportunity to create and edit stories of their own!

Geography:  an opportunity to expand the horizons for the children.  We do this through an introduction of the Globe, discuss the seven continents delve into how others experience life in places other than Canada.  An in depth study of Canada, its peoples, and its products offer the children insight into their homeland.  We will also be studying various countries around the world including Panama and the workings of the Panama Canal.

Science: opportunities are offered through cooking and experiments for the children to compare, measure, predict, estimate and problem solve as they enjoy hands-on explorations.