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KINDERGARTEN


Our Kindergarten program helps children advance skills in core pre-academic areas such as literacy, math, and science, as well as in other essential areas such as art, social and emotional well-being, and health and wellness. Our child-centered approach ensures that children are exposed to a diverse array of learning activities and that they thrive in all areas of child development, creative thinking, complex problem solving, empathetic collaboration, curious investigation, and astute decision making.

Our Kindergarten curriculum prepares children for mainstream school, with the skills and confidence needed for a lifetime of academic success.



Kindergarten Curriculum for School Readiness

Developing the essential skills of healthy eating, exercise, safety habits and self esteem

In kindergarten, children are becoming more independent, increasingly responsible for their own choices and decisions, and are ready to start attending to their personal care and safety. Our kindergarten curriculum encourages children to not only be aware of their physical wellness but to enjoy physical activities, eat healthy, and to take pride in their active bodies, by:

Identifying alphabet letters and some letter sounds and attempting to spell using his/her expanding knowledge
Initiating extended conversations with teachers and peers
Retelling simple events in sequence
Reading high-quality children's books
Exploring print materials such as instructions, recipes, menus, classroom signs, and non-fiction books
Writing in journals

Helping toddlers develop healthy habits and a positive attitude about wellness

The relationship between a child's physical health and his social, emotional, and cognitive achievements makes it crucial to ensure he feels strong, healthy, and well nourished every day. Well Aware focuses on child nutrition, safety, and wellness, and lays the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy habits. Our toddler teachers enable children to understand how their bodies work, what they need, and how to protect them by helping children:

Planning and cooking a meal for a class event
Following instructional posters for personal care routines like hand washing
Playing soccer, running relays, or assuming yoga poses
Engaging in conversation with peers at meal times
Establishing class rules as a group

Developing a sense of citizenship and social responsibility in the world around them and globally

Kindergarteners are increasingly interested in the diversity of people, cultures, and the environment. Our kindergarten teachers foster the development of all areas of children's emotional intelligence including interpersonal skills, compassion, acceptance, and personal responsibility, by:

Using favourite things to make "all about me" collages
Making get well cards for peers, teachers, or other members
Cooking diverse, healthy foods and listening to cultural music
Playing cooperatively in dramatic play areas
Having class jobs that require care of materials, plants, and pets
Setting up a classroom recycling station

Guiding pre-kindergartners in authentic art experiences to become budding masters of the arts

Kindergarten is an ideal time to introduce children to increasingly intricate artistic experiences that enhance development in areas such as math, vocabulary, and problem-solving. Our kindergarten teachers extend children's skills and knowledge through open-ended, meaningful, and process-oriented art experiences, such as:

Sculpting with clay and etching tools
Writing and illustrating books
Learning about musicians and playing instruments
Playing musical games that encouragement movement to different beats
Acting out an original story using costumes, props and masks

Engaging kindergartners in complex and meaningful scientific learning

As their cognitive and physical abilities develop, kindergarteners are increasingly able to advance scientific reasoning, to develop and test their own theories, and to engage in long-term experiments. Our kindergarten programs and curriculum build on children's prior knowledge to broaden their understanding of scientific disciplines, from physics to chemistry to earth science, by:

Participating in cooking projects
Testing the concept of gravity with small objects
Using an atlas or globe to study terrain differences
Participating in multi-skill experiments
Disassembling objects such as old roller skates and toy trucks
Working with teachers to research questions and solve problems using resources on the internet

Teaching quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills in kindergarteners

Kindergarten students are enthusiastic mathematicians, engaging in math regularly as they build block towers, make patterns on canvas, complete puzzles, or measure the length of a shadow. Our pre-kindergarten teachers ensure children don't simply learn numbers by routine, but instead build mathematical understanding to solve real, everyday problems by:

Comparing and contrasting items by characteristics
Using segments of time such as an hour, minute, or second
Following complex directions in sequence
Estimating the number of seeds in a pumpkin or crayons in a box with increased accuracy
Solving simple number problems

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