Kindergarten… …where every child is recognized as unique and each child’s individual needs are considered in programming to help develop the whole child. Format of evening O 6:30 – 6:45 – in gym –sharing of key info and answering questions O 6:45 – 7:15 – time to visit classrooms – children can participate in the various activities O Please make your way to all 4 classes Introductions… O Principal – Mr. Brian Morgan O FDK teachers: O Mrs. Rose O Mrs. Hesselink O Mrs. Honderich O Mrs. Finlay O Ms. Murphy O Mrs. Romano Any other FDK staff? O DECE’s – Designated Early Childhood Educators O 6-8 DECE’s for next year – to be hired in June O Coverage – Mrs. Frew-Landry, Mrs. Cluthe, Mrs. Faulhafer A huge thank-you to all parents… O For entrusting us with your children every day O O O O during the school year… We are very excited about having your children join us! They will be well cared for by a caring, hard working, professional and experienced team of educators who love kids We are here for your children We will work together to make this a great year! FDK – something new… O Ministry of Education – started FDK in September 2010 O We are year 5 of implementation O All schools in WRDSB will have FDK as of September 2014 O Based on most current research into high quality, developmentally enriched, early learning instructional practices Why FDK? O There is a bigger impact on student learning when children attend each day O Key strategies that children acquire in the FDK Program will affect later learning and behaviour O Data show us that students are better prepared for grade 1 – especially in area of reading (which is key for all learning) What is FDK? “To address the full range of each child’s developmental needs, the FDK program should provide opportunities for learning, self-expression, self-regulation, and selfdiscovery in a variety of areas.” (The Full-Day Early Learning –Kindergarten Program) O This program provides a balance of investigation or exploration, and guided and explicit instruction through play-based learning O These experiences allow children to build on their existing knowledge, create and clarify their own understandings, and experience a variety of approaches to a question or problem FDK continued… The program: O is based on the interests of students – children learn best through activities that are relevant to their lives and varied enough to be challenging and engaging O supports the student’s social, emotional and cognitive development O allows for independent and guided learning experiences FDK continued… O integrates JK and SK students O has 2 educators in the class daily and approximately 25 students– the educators are a team – feel free to communicate with either member of the team O Offers more time for individual and small group interactions between children and educators O Involves intentional play-based learning What is inquiry play-based learning? O Our Learning is Play-Based and evolves from Student Interests in our Classroom. O “Play is our brain’s favourite way to learn. Play gives children a chance to practise what they are learning. Play paves the way for learning. Playing = Learning” (quoted from The Pascal Report) In Kindergarten… O We learn in playful ways because playful learning develops: Greater language skills Better social skills More empathy More imagination More subtle capacity to know what others mean O Less aggressive behaviour O More self control O Higher levels of thinking O O O O O Inquiry play-based learning… O A strong link between play and learning for young children (think back to your own childhood and how much you learned from various types of play) O Especially true in areas of problem solving, language acquisition, literacy, numeracy and in the development of social, physical and emotional skills Play-based learning… O Children initiate free play and engage in more structured play-based learning opportunities under the guidance of the FDK team – lots of inquiry O The learning activities designed by the staff are based on curriculum expectations O The Program assists in the development of self-regulation skills and helps to foster independence Everything you always wanted to know about FDK… Using a question-based format, we will try to answer as many of your questions as possible Soooooooooo…here we go… What does a typical day look like in FDK? O Focuses on the 6 key areas of learning (Math, O O O O O Language, P.E. & Health, Arts, Science & tech., Personal & Social development) “Flow of the day” - seamless Large group and small group learning activities Indoor and outdoor activities Students being active Inquiry-based How many FDK classes will there be next year? O We will have 6 classes O Each classroom is slightly different in size O Thus we will have approximately 23-27 students in each class O Just completing a large order for resources and our goal is to have the same resources in each class When will my child know who his/her teacher will be? O You will receive a letter in the summer (late July to early August) O It will indicate name of teacher and classroom O Time for meeting will be indicated on the letter you receive in the summer O You and your child will come for 45 – 60 minutes on the first day of school What does staggered entry look like? O Tuesday – first day of school - you will meet with the teachers in your child’s classroom (along with 2-3 other families) O Wednesday – half the JK students come to school (and all the SK students) O Thursday– the other half of JK students come to school (and all the SK students) O Friday – all students attend school What does my child need for school? O Large backpack O Shoes with velcro straps O Labels put on all items of clothing What does my child need for school? O Lunch bag and re-usable, easy to open containers (we are a green school) –litterless lunches are encouraged O Water bottle O Clothing that is easy to get on and off i.e., boots and jackets Is there a nap time? - No, there is no nap time - Students may be tired at start of year – this is natural (…so are the teachers!) - There are down times/quiet times during the day (depending on the activities) - You can help by ensuring your child goes to bed in good time each night When can my child eat? O They will have designated break times when all students can eat O If a student is hungry at other times, then he/she can go to the snack centre and eat part of his/her lunch What about washroom breaks? O 5 of 6 classes have a washroom O Best if student is toilet trained before starting school – something parents can work on in summer School bus information? O JK students - STSWR will be sending a direct mail out to the families of JK bus students. O SK students will receive a postcard with Student Login Information. Letters and Postcards will be mailed out during the week of August 15th. O Procedures will be in place and will be shared when you meet with the teacher O Usually the senior students act as bus helpers to take younger students to and from the bus Other key information… O Your summer letter will include information - about: Safe arrival and dismissal routines – hand to hand exchange Communication process Nutrition breaks; types of food to send (no nut products please) Extra clothing, Class routines, Backpacks How to help prepare your child for September Entrance doors (changes for next year) Parking How can I help prepare my child for FDK? O Read daily with your child – stories, poems, rhymes, etc. Talk about the pictures, ideas, words and letters O Help your child make good choices about sharing, taking turns and tidying up O Have them practise…putting on a coat/shoes, opening a lunch bag, putting on a backpack, washing their hands, doing zippers, etc. How can I help prepare my child for FDK? O Hearing test O Vision test O toilet train your child O Talk positively about school with your child O Provide your child with many different experiences…walks in the park, meet new people, grocery shopping, etc. Partnerships… Thank you for joining us… In Kindergarten! Stay in touch… O Follow us on Twitter - @welwrdsb O Website – wel.wrdsb.ca (be sure to “subscribe” to get notification of any new posts) (sign up tonight by the office with Mrs. Givlin) Time to go visit the classes… Play Today by Leila P. Fagg You say you love your children and are concerned they learn today? So am I -- that's why I'm providing a variety of kinds of play. You're asking me the value of blocks and other such play? Your children are solving problems; they will use that skill every day. You're asking what's the value of having your children play? Your daughter's creating a tower; she may be a builder someday. You're saying you don't want your son to play in that sissy way? He's learning to cuddle a doll. He may be a father some day. You're questioning the interest centers; they look like just listless play? Your children are making choices; they'll be on their own some day. You're worried your children aren't learning and later they'll have to pay? They're learning a pattern for learning; for they'll be learners always.