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…the opportunity for a positive first school experience while further developing new skills & abilities and self-confidence before entering the larger school system.
The Kinders program can either be a substitute for or a supplement to Junior or Senior Kindergarten. Our teachers offer a flexible program within the classroom based on the Emergent Curriculum approach and the curriculum standards set by the Ministry of Education.
In our program there is an emphasis on developing independence while promoting learning through play with developmentally appropriate activities. At this age children will participate in a wide variety of activities involving both group and individual interaction. They will expand their problem solving abilities, grasp of language, memory and listening skills while enjoying relationships with classmates and interacting with the teachers.
All of this is accomplished through a wide variety of creative activities and learning centres such as the dramatic play area, art area, sensory area, block area, fine motor/cognitive area, language area, math and science area and the computer area. More structured times include circle for storytelling, songs, music and movement, introduction to French and computers, news time, special guests and local field trips (e.g. fire station, library).
Gross motor play is a daily occurrence in the outside play yard. The play yard is fenced in and shaded by mature trees. Each age group gets independent time to play in the yard. If the weather does not permit outdoor play there is a gymnasium stocked with a variety of equipment.
Parents are not required to perform duty days in the Kinders program. However, from time to time, parents will be asked to assist with supervision of the children on field trips and special events, and to provide various baking ingredients or home materials to enhance special projects in the program. If you are interested in participating in the classroom at any time throughout the year, please let the teachers or the Program Director know so it can be arranged at a time convenient for all. Your participation is welcomed and encouraged.
To keep you abreast of your child’s development, there is a formal parent-teacher interview conducted at mid-year and a full report card given at the end of the school year. Informally, you are welcomed to ask questions or express concerns about your child’s development on a more frequent basis. As well, because the BCCNS has an excellent teacher/student ratio (1:8 ratio) and a maximum class size of 16 students, our teachers can regularly provide your child with individual and personal attention in a caring and nurturing environment that addresses the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of your child.
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