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Teaching and Learning in K4

K4 Philosophy

Our Junior Kindergarten program is play based with emphasis on the whole child, as an active learner. Children are given opportunities through center based play to develop early learning concepts through concrete experiences. Our classroom environment stimulates curiosity, a questioning attitude, and an eargerness for learning. In our planning for daily lessons we recognize the needs and interests of the individual child. Through positive social interaction with teachers and their peers, our goal is to have all children become life long learners through a healthy, happy start within the school environment. 

As Early Childhood Educators, we believe that....

  • Young children learn through the medium of play.

  • In children's learning, a positive self-image is highly influential.

  • Children should be helped to acquire respect and sensitivity toward the needs and feelings of others.

  • Curriculum experiences should be planned with recognition of the needs and interests of the individual child.  Ample time should be provided for completion of children's pursuits to their own satisfaction.

  • Children should have meaningful concrete experiences which are fundamental to later symbolic learning.

  • Exploration and experimentation are basic to creative thinking and problem solving.

  • Children should have opportunities for developing awareness and appreciation of aesthetic qualities.

  • Kindergarten should provide an environment that will stimulate curiosity, a questioning attitude, and an eagerness for learning; many opportunities should be offered for self-selection of experiences.

  • Children need teachers who are not only well qualified but also warmly human, and who see themselves as "guides" to learning.

  • Kindergarten for each child should be a successful experience of happy and healthy living.

K4 Program Objectives

Language/ Reading experiences that develop:

  • Ease of speaking
  • Increased vocabulary
  • Good listening habits
  • Interest and appreciation of literature
  • Interest and practice in beginning writing
  • Phonemic awareness

Math experiences that develop:

  • Knowledge of number concepts
  • Ability to understand and follow sequential order
  • Recognition of shapes and spatial relations
  • Understanding of measurement concepts

Music experiences that develop:

  • Enjoyment of music and musical instruments
  • Joy of self-expression
  • Understanding of the basic elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and form

Art experiences which:

  • Develop creativity
  • Provide for experimentation and manipulation of a variety of materials
  • Develop aesthetic appreciation

Physical Activity experiences that develop:

  • Small muscle skills
  • Large muscle skills
  • Co-operative work and play

Science experiences that develop:

  • Appreciation of nature
  • Knowledge of the environment
  • Skills in observing, classifying, predicting and communicating

Personal Growth experiences that develop:

  • Ability to get along with others
  • Ability to adapt to new situations
  • Responsibility for the care of their own and others property
  • Ability to care for one's own needs
  • Ability to follow classroom and school rules

Social Studies experiences that develop:

  • Understanding and acceptance of individual differences
  • Understanding of the roles of individuals in the home and community
  • Awareness of various cultural and geographic environments