Richland Academy is the only Reggio-inspired International Baccalaureate (IB) school in Ontario. Our Kindergarten program interweaves the province of Ontario’s Full-day Kindergarten curriculum with the IB framework. When your child participates in the Kindergarten program at Richland, they benefit from being part of the rich and rigorous IB framework.
Your child’s education in the Kindergarten Program is enhanced through the work of our specialist teachers. Across the two years of Kindergarten, the academic program is enriched through the teaching of Visual Arts, Music, French, and Health and Physical Education.
Our learning spaces are beautiful. In the Reggio Emilia tradition, the environment is clean, open, and inviting. It is filled with stunning materials, light tables, books, and furniture. The Junior and Senior Kindergarten classrooms also have their own washrooms and mini-atelier (art studio). The Kindergarten environment has been specifically designed to meet the development needs of children aged 4 to 5 years to build a strong foundation for literacy and numeracy.
Children in our Kindergarten program have full access to the school’s amazing facilities, including our piazza (an open public space used for community gatherings), performing arts spaces, maker space, library, and full gymnasium. Kindergarten students also enjoy our outdoor play spaces and nature walks.
At the Kindergarten level, inquiry-based learning begins with carefully planned provocations. These provocations may take the form of an engaging question, an interesting object, a fascinating story, or a problem or puzzle. Learning centers, classroom spaces, and materials are also carefully designed to foster inquiry and stimulate learning.
Teachers design inquiries that can have multiple answers, and facilitate the children’s exploration of logical lines of investigation. Teachers prompt Kindergarten students to think deeply by asking: “Why?” “How?” and “What About?” This type of learning is multi-faceted and promotes rapid brain development.
IB Primary Years Program (PYP) in Kindergarten
Young learners are intelligent, resourceful, and creative individuals who grow, develop and learn at different rates. They explore their environment and learn about their world through play and relationships with peers, teachers, family, and community members. Early learning in the PYP is a holistic learning experience that integrates socio-emotional, physical, and cognitive development. In the PYP classroom, it takes place in dynamic environments that promote play, discovery, and exploration.
The PYP is transdisciplinary, meaning students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas.
In the PYP, students learn about significant concepts through units of inquiry. In Kindergarten they study four transdisciplinary themes that guide units of inquiry and compose a year of study are:
• Who we are
• How we express ourselves
• How the world works
• Sharing the planet.
Units of inquiry interweave subject areas such as mathematics, language arts, science and social studies. This approach encourages students to make connections between what they learn and how it relates to the world around them.