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Kindergarten

What do children learn in Kindergarten?

Early childhood is a significant period in human development. It is the time when children begin to develop and learn independence, decision-making abilities, creativity, early literacy and numeracy, socialization, verbal communication skills and feelings of self-worth! What young children learn at this stage will have a major impact on successful learning experiences in school, on personal development and on future participation in society.

How do young children learn at Muriel Martin?

  • Young children are naturally curious and eager to learn. They are active learners who learn through a variety of means.
  • Purposeful play is an important way that children learn.
  • Educators and psychologists refer to play as the serious work of childhood.
  • Children at play are highly motivated and capable of intense concentration.

In our Kindergarten classes, we strive to meet the needs of the individual, while providing many small group and larger group learning opportunities, preparing children for the challenges and experiences in their next 12 years of education.

Preparing your child for Kindergarten

  1. Check your child’s health.
    • Is his/her eyesight good?
    • Does your child hear normally with both ears?
    • Is your child eating a healthy diet?
    • Is your child getting enough sleep?
  2. Bring routine and predictability into his/her daily life. Establish regular bedtime routines and hours.
  3. Allow your child to try things – experiment, encourage with patience and praise. This will help to give your child confidence to tackle new things at school.
  4. Arrange challenges for your child which he/she is able to meet – he/she needs to experience success.
  5. Give your child the opportunity to organize his/her life and give your child responsibilities at home. Allow him/her to take responsibility for dressing.
  6. Encourage your child to be independent and curious. Ensure that your child has spent time away from you in order to make his/her transition
    into Kindergarten easier.
  7. Encourage his/her play time – play extends your child’s knowledge of the world and how it works; shows him/her cause and effect; allows him/her to experience comparison; illustrates the benefit of trial and error; and shows the give and take of relationships with other people. Children learn in play how to manipulate their environment and test their growing skills – physical, intellectual, social – against the many demands of their environment. 
  8. Help your child develop listening skills.
  9. Teach your child, by your own example, how to deal with difficult situations and how to overcome problems. Talk about a problem you faced at work and how you solved it. Let your child hear you “think out loud” as you solve a problem in your home.
  10. Teach your child his/her full name, name of town/city where you live, how to follow directions, to identify colours, shapes, numbers and letter names.
  11. Spend time with your child – read to him/her, make a point of eating together at the table each night. Be there when your child wants to talk. Play games; limit television and the use of video games.
  12. Do arts and crafts – provide opportunities for your child to use scissors, markers and crayons.
  13. Give your child a proficiency in languages – read aloud, tell stories, take your child on excursions and talk about what you see, talk
    about language of the arts (music, rhythm, dance, drawing, poetry). Surround your child with books. Go to the library.
  14. Praise your child's efforts, as well as accomplishments. Make your child feel important.
  15. Be positive and enthusiastic about the Kindergarten experience. 

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