Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education is pleased to offer parents Kindergartenprogramming at all five of our Elementary Schools!
Our Kindergarten Programs provide learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of all children. Children move through similar stages, but with their own pattern and at their own rate of development and learning. When children enter the Kindergarten Program there may be as much as a year's difference in age between the oldest and the youngest one-fifth of their lifetime!
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If your child is five years of age on or before March 1, he or she is eligible for Kindergarten.
If your child is six years of age on or before March 1, he or she is eligible for Grade One.
What do you learn in Kindergarten?
Early Literacy A is for apple... Your child will begin to understand that letters have sounds and that together those sounds form words and carry meaning.
Early Numeracy Learning numbers and solving problems with patterns... Your child will represent and describe quantities of things up to 10. Citizenship & Identity I am unique and I belong! Your child will develop a strong sense of identity, self-esteem and belonging by exploring their environment and sharing stories.
Environment & Community Awareness... What do I see, smell and hear in my community? How do I shape the environment? Kindergarten children explore materials, build structures and use technology to explore, investigate and describe their world.
Personal & Social Responsibility... I know how to act and how to work and play with others. Kindergarten children develop ways to express their feelings positively and to show respect and care for others.
Physical Skills & Well-Being... A healthy body is part of a healthy life. Your child will begin to develop a love for physical activity through movement, games and activities.
Creative Expression... Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Drama, art, music, and dance give your child ways to express their ideas and feelings, to bring their imagination to life and to see their creativity in a variety of forms.
Early childhood is a significant period in human development. It is the time when children begin to develop independence, initiative, decision-making, creativity early literacy and numeral skills, the ability to relate to others, 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.
The Kindergarten religion program "In God's Image" consists of 8 modules containing 33 themes that can be sequenced by the teacher to best respond to the particular needs and interests of each class. The "Church Times" module is a sequential set of lessons that invite children to celebrate the Christian story as it unfolds through Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. "In God's Image" uses the existing special moments and experiences of young children and affirms their religious importance. Throughout the day, children are encouraged to see "traces" of God in all their experiences.