The 6 Key Learning Expectations are:
- Creates and describes sets from 1 -10 using objects and pictures
- Says number sequences 1-10 and 10-1, beginning with any number
- Recognizes at a glance sets from 1 to 5
- Identifies, copies and creates patterns
- Compares length, mass or volume using measurement words
- Sorts, builds and describes 3-D objects
The children will be actively involved in working with materials. They will first be engaged in an exploration period and then will be given different tasks and mathematical challenges. The year begins with sorting, patterning and recognizing number. The school year continues, building on these concepts with the remaining mathematical constructs woven in to daily explorations
Environment and Community Awareness
The 2 Key Learning Expectations are:
- Explores and manipulates tools and materials
- Explores his/her world through play
The children will be participating in a recycling program that mirrors our Strathcona County program. I will be asking the children to wash out their recyclables and to take their unfinished food home. I am encouraging the children to make it their job to put the recyclables into the correct bins at home. This will make the children aware and involved in taking care of the environment. The children will be involved in free exploration during center time and will engage in projects throughout the school year where they will investigate, explore and question ideas and events in their environment.
The Key Learning Expectation is:
- Explores self-expression and creativity through various forms of music,
movement, art and drama.
The children will participate in a music program with Mrs. Grau and will participate in a moving to music program in the classroom. The children will be introduced to the art studio. They will be taught how to properly take care of and handle materials. They will be given the opportunity to work on their own art projects. The children will study different artists, using various mediums and art techniques.
Personal and Social Responsibility
The 5 Key Learning Expectations are:
- Demonstrates persistence in learning tasks
- Listens attentively
- Follows directions and classroom routines
- Accepts personal responsibility and demonstrates independence
- Works cooperatively and respects the rights of others
The children will be engaged in center time where they will freely choose their centers and explore the materials creatively.The children will be given many opportunities to share and listen to the teacher and their classmates. They will participate in sharing circle, group story time and teacher directed lessons.
The 4 key Learning Expectations
- Gathers and organizes information to consider ideas and share new
- Asks questions and shares ideas through drawing, talking, and beginning
- Demonstrates understanding of how books are organized and print is
structured to create meaning
- Understands that language is made up of words, syllables, rhymes,
sounds, letters, and letter-sound relationships.
There are three main components to the language program:
- A phonics program
- A daily writing program
- Daily language centers
- Jolly Phonics is a program that teaches the letters of the alphabet and their corresponding sounds. The letters are not taught in alphabetical order but in groups of 6 letters. The groupings are arranged in order to show the children how letter sounds can be arranged into small words. The first letters that will be taught are: s,a,t,p,i,n As you can see, these letters lend to making many three letter words. The children will be bringing home a letter sheet which will describe the accompanying sound and action. You can practice these sounds with your children. In the classroom each child will have a box for their letters. As we learn a new letter they will put it in their box. We can then take our boxes out and move around the letters practicing their sounds and putting them together to make words.You can make your own box of letters at home. We will be working on these first 6 letters for an extended period of time as they are crucial sounds.
- Your child will be given a blank journal to begin their writing journey. The journals will take many forms throughout the school year and will vary from child to child. The most important element of the journal is to give the child an outlet to tell their story. They will be dictating their thoughts, drawing pictures, writing letters, attempting words. The children look forward to sharing their unique experiences in their personal lifebooks.
Physical Skills and Well-Being
The 3 Key Learning Expectations are:
- Demonstrates gross motor skills and spatial awareness
- Demonstrates fine motor and hand-eye coordination skills
- Demonstrates knowledge of how to live a safe, healthy, and active life
The children will be participating in both outdoor and indoor gym activities. The year will begin with safety rules in the gym, the outdoor play equipment and the school field. We will be participating in outdoor games and running activities The children will demonstrate attitudes and behaviours that promote a safe and healthy lifestyle. The children will learn how to wash their hands properly and will wash their hands on several occasions during the day.
Citizenship and Identity
The 4 Key Learning Expectations are:
- Develops and appreciation for his/her individuality
- Describes similarities and differences among people to promote respect
- Describes roles and responsibilities of belonging to a group
- Demonstrates inquiry skills: investigates questions by gathering
information, solving problems and making decisions.
The book The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth based on a story from Leo Tolstoy will serve as the starting point to building a sense of classroom community. It will serve as our guiding principle of how to go forward in the world.
The Three questions are:
- Who is the most important one? The one you are with
- What is the most important thing to do? Be good to the one you are with
- What is the most important time? NOW
The children will participate in a variety of projects keying on community, belonging, cooperation and valuing the uniqueness of self and others.
This is a general outline. Please refer to our daily blog to follow the learning journey of our Kindergarten class.