Kindergarten at the OCSB
We recognize kindergarten as the place where your child’s learning journey begins. Our Kindergarten program provides unique learning opportunities and experiences to help give your child the best possible start. Our rich curriculum, which includes 50% French language instruction, sends your child home each day with something new to tell.
Young children discover through play-based learning
Children are full of natural curiosity. They explore the world around them through play. Our Kindergarten program is child-centred and play-based. Our educators structure play-based activities to help our children observe and learn. Our educators observe the social, emotional, physical and intellectual interactions within a classroom setting, while assessing their stages of development.
We listen and interact with the children while playing, and then respond with questions that challenge and extend learning. Instead of providing a store bought marble run construction toy, a group of children will work on building their own. They will discover on their own how it works by drawing plans or mapping out directions together. Questions like “What do you think will happen?” help to stimulate interest and promote learning in a creative way.
ECEs in the classroom
Our educators want the very best for our children and are passionate about education in the primary years. French and English teachers work together, and in most classes, with Early Childhood Educators, to provide meaningful, developmentally appropriate opportunities for all children to learn in a safe and caring environment.
Our early French immersion program offers the best possible start
All of our kindergarten classes incorporate 50% French language instruction. This means that children will experience the program equally in French and in English, providing a rich exposure to both of Canada’s official languages. And don’t worry if you do not speak French at home. Our program is designed for young minds of all languages. Your child will be teaching you French in no time!
Self regulation & supported learning
French and English 50/50 program
Self expression & belonging
Helping younger students self-regulate
Our kindergarten classrooms embrace self-regulation techniques to help children recognize their own emotional state throughout the day. When children are learning through play, they are also interacting with others and experiencing a wide range of emotions each day. We believe it is crucial that young children be given the tools to help understand these changes and how their emotional state affects their well-being.
At the elementary level, we facilitate the development of self-regulation skills through fostering self-awareness and teaching strategies to return to calm. We call this Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Children can retreat to a designated special area of the classroom whenever they need to regroup, or whenever they feel their emotions are not in an optimal state. A student might sit in a bean bag chair and put on headphones to listen to a message from parents, or stand quietly for a few moments doing controlled breathing until their emotional energy is back on track. As a result, children are more relaxed while at school, and in turn, when they arrive home.
A faith-filled environment nurtures young minds
Learning in a faith-filled environment is a unique and important part of our program. It fosters an early understanding of how we grow and celebrate together. Our youngest learners engage in activities that offer experiences which reinforce the attitudes, feelings and values inherent in Christian living. We nurture faith, and there are many opportunities to gather and participate in celebrations and prayer.
Our children help design our classrooms
The walls in our kindergarten classrooms may be more sparse at the beginning of the year than many parents expect. We do this purposely. Part of each year’s journey includes the children getting involved in what goes on the walls. As the year goes by, the classroom gets filled with items chosen by the children themselves. The children also play a key role in deciding how the classroom items are stored and displayed. This empowerment is critical to give the children a sense of ownership for their classroom items, and the choices the children make about their space helps the educator team to know what kind of learners they are.
Our program is based on the Ontario Ministry of Education, Kindergarten Program, 2006. Visit the Ministry of Education website for more information on the Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum.