Begins January 2018
$400 Payable as a lump sum or $40/month
Contact: Maxine Mendritzki, B.Ed. (Principal)
School phone number: 403-851-5534
Mon – Fri 8:50 – 11:40 am
Mon – Fri 12:45 – 3:35pm
Foothills Creative Beginnings Kindergarten is funded by Alberta Education and follows their curriculum guidelines. As an independent program we participate in the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI). We receive a basic instructional grant from Alberta Education for each child that is registered as of September 30, 2017.
Fees may be paid in monthly installments of $40/month, in 2 payments or in a lump sum. This fee covers field trips, supplies, and extra programs such as French and our cooking program.
Alberta Education provides a grant to families to transport their children who live more than 2.4 kilometers from the school. The school will receive these monies from Alberta Education and they will be paid to the parents in June, 2018. To date the total grant has been approximately $500. The continuation of this grant is dependent upon government policy. We will advise parents if there is any change in this policy.
For further information about the kindergarten program Alberta Education’s website is at http://www.learning.gov.ab.ca. Click on Curriculum Handbooks.
Language Arts: The children will be introduced to beginning consonant sounds. They will be printing letters, beginning with uppercase letters and advancing to lowercase letters. They will compose stories. They will dictate stories for their paintings, and learn basic grammar in doing so. Understandings gained through discussion and researching factual books form the backbone of the language arts program. Language arts experiences are closely tied to social studies, science and mathematics.
Early Reading: The children will enjoy poetry, finger plays, and simple stories posted on language charts. They will ‘read’ from books created in the classroom. The children will be introduced to word recognition skills by reading pictures for context clues, examining beginning consonants, ending consonants, and rhymes. A poetry book, illustrated by each child, will be compiled and sent home so that the child may share these poems with their parents.
Mathematics: Children print number symbols, match number symbols to quantities and estimate quantities. They will be introduced to the principals of measurement. They will count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. They will investigate the properties of numbers 1-10 and begin the process of adding and subtracting using concrete objects. They will graph number stories and will create number patterns.
Music: The children will sing, dance, move to music and enjoy drama. The kindergarten children enjoy this experience twice weekly for 30 minutes per session. Our music program supports the mathematical concepts of patterning and counting.
French: This is an introduction to French led by Mrs. Tomlinson. The children will be introduced to colour words, number words, and phrases through movement, games, seatwork and art and her puppets. This program begins in early November.
Art: Each week a 45 minute period of art focuses upon the social studies, literature, or science projects which the children are undertaking. Through art, the children give back their understandings enabling teacher and parents to listen to the child’s assumptions about how their world works. Number work, language arts, literary understandings regarding fact or fiction emerge through their dictated stories. Crafts and drawing also occur on a daily basis as part of readiness work in preparation for Grade One.
Cooking: Every other week the children make their own snack. They read recipes from charts, record their cooking experiences in their journals, or draw the sequential steps in their journals. The sensory experiences of smell, taste, sight, and touch make this experience a highlight of the week for most children.
Physical Education: Two thirty minute sessions per week are scheduled in the gym. Gym time allows for experimentation with a variety of equipment such as balls, hoops, beanbags, and balloons in a variety of ways. Games are taught which require co-operation, listening, and playing within the rules.
Freeplay Time: Our small group setting provides a unique opportunity for children to come together as a community recognizing and appreciating individual differences. A small setting builds confidence and increases socialization opportunities, as well as providing support for readiness skills.
Early Intervention Services: Children requiring early intervention programs receive timely, consistent, and effective services from qualified speech, occupational, and physical therapists as well as qualified educational assistants.