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YELLOWKNIFE DAY CARE ASSOCIATION

PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM

 

We encourage the children to explore and learn new things that are practical, hands-on and to explore new ideas and to be tolerant of differences among their peers. 

 Our preschool programs provide inclusive settings that recognize children's varied abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles. Our child centered program reflects the integration of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, self-help and aesthetic areas for the overall development of the child. Our learning centers encourage curiosity, discovery and problem solving which allows individual growth and development of a positive self-image.

 We also recognize that parents are the child's first teachers. Children learn best when parents are involved in their educational program. Therefore we highly encourage parents to be involved in their child’s learning journey. The primary bridge between home and school is the involvement of family.

 We also try to expose them to as many new things as possible by taking them on field trips, going to the Library and do as many cultural events as possible that happen during the week.  We take the children to other parks so they can explore different play settings, and we are vigilant in providing new experiences within our own play yard.

            All parents want the best for their children.  Most would agree that success in anything requires preparation.  Good Beginnings prepares children for kindergarten by:

 a.                   providing for and ensuring children’s physical, social and emotional care and safety, and

b.                  providing children with the “tools” they need for successful transition into the school environment.

 Good Beginnings first provides children with a safe and caring environment, in which successful and meaningful learning can occur.  When this secure setting is established, children are then helped to learn through play.  Children participate in both “free play” and “teacher directed” activities, coordinated with varied monthly themes.  Some examples of past themes children have learned about are:

-          arctic animals

-          insects

-          nutritional and dental care

-          all about “me”

 It is through these “themes” that children are encouraged to experience many learning outcomes.  These outcomes have been developed by keeping NWT’s E.C.E kindergarten curricular goals in mind.

 Intended learning outcomes of Good Beginnings Students

Children who spend the year in this program work toward being able to:

 -          move throughout their day as smoothly as possible by establishing and practicing daily routines;

-          name, recognize and differentiate all alphabet letters and sounds (versus simple recitation);

-          name, recognize and implement the numbers zero through ten, and be introduced to the ordinals;

-          learning and practicing month names, days of the week, seasons, colors and shapes;

-          recognize and practice pre-printing skills such as letters, numbers, shapes and word tracing;

-          identify their own and their parent’s  last name and their own phone number;

-          begin to print their own names;

-          be introduced to the concepts of time and Canadian money

In addition, the children will experience the satisfaction and pride of their increasing independence by demonstrating ability to:

-          dress/undress themselves in an organized way;

-          wash before/after eating;

-          meet their own toileting needs;

-          take part in caring for their books, toys and clothing;

-          exercise, within limits, choice of toys/activities (as on Show and Tell Fridays);

-          recognize when help is needed and ask for it (versus stating that “I can’t do it”);

-          enjoy field trip outings by following directions and instructions, because they have learned to do so at the daycare;

-          talk about themselves and identify their feelings;

-          react calmly and follow safety instructions during monthly fire drills;

-          identify their teachers and other day care staff by name and addressing them with their title (Miss, Mrs., Mr.);

The children in this program are generally more than ready for Kindergarten with these intended learning outcomes.  Aside from preparing your child in every way for their first step on their road to education, you will not only have the convenience of a fully staffed year round day care facility, but also the satisfaction of knowing your child is learning even when they are at play.