Kindergarten is an exciting time of growth and wonder. Children are discovering
their own potential and interests, while learning about sharing, co-operation, responsibility, problem-solving, self-expression and decision making.
Welcome to our inquiry play-based Kindergarten classroom!
“A Child’s learning environment should be one where it is safe to take risks and test their own abilities within a caring setting. Learning is an emotional, as well as an intellectual process.”
~ Dr. Robin Gibb, Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience
At Edmonton Public Schools, we are committed to developing a clear and consistent understanding of appropriate, inquiry play-based practices that allow children to realize their potential. We are focused on ensuring they have equal access to the diverse opportunities
and resources that will afford them the best start in life. Our educational practices are shaped by a strong focus to create learning environments that honour the unique individuality of each child and nurture their growth in body, mind and spirit.
The Kindergarten Program Statement provides learner expectations in seven learning areas:
- Early Literacy
- Early Numeracy
- Citizenship and Identity
- Environment and Community Awareness
- Personal and Social Responsibility
- Physical Skills and Well-being
- Creative Expression
Children who are five years old on or before December 31, 2022 may register in Kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year. There is no policy that explicitly defines readiness, however, thinking about the following can help:
- The length of time your child is able to be away from you.
- Your child's experience in a day care, nursery, or preschool setting.
- Your child's ability to use the washroom and do simple tasks for herself (such as putting on and taking off her own coat, hat, mitts, boots, and shoes).
- Your child's ability to focus and pay attention.
- How well your child gets along with other children.
- How well your child gets along with and takes direction from other adults
Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
When your child is ready, the following tips can help you prepare her for school:
- Have a health check-up. Physical checkups (including medical, vision, and hearing) and up-to-date vaccinations promote a healthy start and can identify possible health problems.
- Talk about the change. What will be the same? What will change? What will you do when she is at school? Let her know what to expect.
- Take a school tour - meet the teachers, get familiar with the classroom, show them the washroom, library, gym, etc.
- Look for a friend. Try to remember the names of one or two other children. Having a friend will mean your child doesn't have to feel alone.
- Read books on starting school. Local libraries have many useful titles.
- Respect your child's temperament. Children adjust to change in different ways.
- Be enthusiastic. Your child is entering a new stage of life and will have many new experiences. Share the excitement.