A Child’s Garden is a direct translation of the German word Kindergarten. Fredrick Froebel an early educator who is known as the 'Father of Play', established the first Kindergarten in 1840. We believe as Froebel did, that children are like seeds that will grow, develop and bloom in an atmosphere where they are loved and nurtured.
We believe that children thrive and grow in a safe and secure environment. An environment that stimulates and engages them through discovery, observation and questioning.
Play is child’s work and children learn by doing.
Our GOALS + OBJECTIVES
All children have strengths as well as needs, and we believe in providing equal opportunity for all children. Our common goal is the development of skills, attitudes and behaviour that will allow children to deal effectively with the world in which they live.
We believe in the value of "play" and that happens throughout the structured activities that take place during the program time. Our programs offers a balance between limited ‘free time’ (when each child makes personal choices) ‘circle time’ (when all children take part) and 'structured time' (lead by the teacher). Each part of the day has value and purpose.
When your child moves on from our school, they will be in the prime mental, social and physical mindset that leads to an optimal transition into Kindergarten. Please check out our Kindergarten Teacher testimonials in the next section.
Our objectives for your child are:
- positive social interactions with friends and adults
- recognition and printing of numbers 1-20
- printing and recognizing Alphabet letters - taught with the "Handwriting without Tears" literacy program taught in most schools
- introduction to concepts of themes, ie. shapes, measurements, colour, weather, space, seasons (plus many more) through structured and play based activities
- large movement skills through through games and activities
- creative development through art, dance, singing and musical instruments
- small movement skills through printing, painting, drawing, cutting, building, pasting, sorting and pouring
- listening skills - from adults, and from classmates
- improving the ability to focus on a given task
- respect of personal space, of our own and of our friends, and always keeping our hands to ourselves
- conflict resolution skills - help provide the dialogue for them to use
- personal self control and good manners
- positive self-esteem, independence and confidence
- love of learning
*see below for article on Kindergarten readiness..
Did YOU KNOW...
- We participate in the Child Care Subsidy Program.
- We partner with Big Plans for Little Kids, who provide assessments and support for any speech, occupational or behavioural concerns, free of charge.
- "Handwriting without Tears" Literacy program is used for teaching the Alphabet letters and phonics.
- Each day a healthy snack of fruit, crackers and water is offered and is included in your monthly fees. It is a very efficient process that does not use up important learning time.
- Field Trips -We offer 4 exciting field trips for our 4 year olds, and 2 field trips for our 3 year olds, all of which parents are welcome to join us.
4 Year Old Trips 3 Year Old Trips
- Fall Walk - Pet Store Visit
- Fire Station Tour - Year End Celebration Picnic
- Bow Habitat Station Experience
- Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
- Year End & Graduation Picnic
- We have 2 wonderful concerts a year - Christmas and Spring.
- We clean our toys EACH WEEK to help stop the spread of germs and illnesses.
- Our thorough Junior Kindergarten class prep will have your child ready for the challenges as they move on. Check out our testimonials from Kindergarten teachers.
- Various Community Helper Visits - Police Officer, Nurse or a Dental Hygienist often come in and shares their story about their job duties.
- Christmas Party and special visit from Santa Claus
- We do not use any program time for dressing and undressing the children in or out of their outdoor wear, we use the whole program time for engaging the children in learning.
- We offer Summer Preschool programs - "WHY STOP THE LEARNING!"
- Our location is visited regularly by Licensing Officers, Health Inspectors and the Fire Department each year to ensure all areas of operations meet the strict regulations set up by the Child Services Alberta Goverment .
* For Class times and rates click on Registration Forms on the Registration page.
*Article from Calgary Child's Magazine
READY OR NOT, HERE I COME - Gauging your Child's Kindergarten readiness
There is no single criterion that indicates readiness for Kindergarten in any child. You must look at both your child's current capabilities, and at the school he will be attending. Many of the skills regarded as typical for children entering Kindergarten are in areas that challenge kids with learning differences greatly. Each school has its own expectations and requirements but general indicators of Kindergarten readiness are used as guidelines. Keep in mind that few children will meet all these indicators. Try to determine the degree to which your child fits this profile, and discuss with teachers and administrators of any school you are considering.
- Is able to speak clearly or communicate needs in an alternative fashion.
- Is able and willing to follow instructions.
- Listens actively - if you read him a short picture book story, can he follow along, then retell it in his own words?
- Interacts amicably with other children and with adults: waits his turn, shares, doesn’t hit, bite, etc.
- Is able to participate in group activities.
- Is able to put on outer garments without assistance.
- Is able to use the restroom without assistance.
- Is able to manage lunch items (juice boxes, baggies, lunchboxes) without assistance.
- Is able to blow nose without assistance.
- Handles pencil/markers, scissors.
- Is able to count to 10.
- Is familiar with the alphabet.
- Likes to learn new things, shows some curiosity about her world.
- Some schools also expect a certain level of knowledge of colors, shapes, body parts.
- Can recognize and respect authority.
- Can spend extended time away from parents.
Written by Ellen Notbohm