Does Kindergarten have a curriculum?
Absolutely. Richland Academy’s Reggio-inspired Kindergarten program interweaves the province of Ontario’s Full-day Kindergarten curriculum with the IB framework. The Ontario curriculum is organized around four frames of learning: Belonging and Contributing, Self-Regulation and Well-Being, Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours, and Problem Solving and Innovating. The Ontario Kindergarten is highly regarded throughout the world for its focus on literacy and mathematics and inquiry-based learning.
When your child participates in the Kindergarten Program at Richland, they benefit from being part of the rich and rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) framework. Four IB themes are woven into the curriculum. These themes are Who We Are, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, and Sharing the Planet. The IB framework develops the intellectual, personal, social, and emotional skills children need to thrive in a rapidly globalizing and changing world.
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.
We report on your child’s progress three times during the school year, and our teachers are always happy to discuss the progress of children with their parents.
What does inquiry-based learning experiences look like in Kindergarten?
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 centres, classroom spaces and materials are also carefully designed to foster an 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?” As you can see in this graphic outlining inquiry-based learning in Kindergarten, this type of learning is multi-faceted and promotes rapid brain development.