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Is my child ready for Junior Kindergarten?
How quickly children grow from helpless babes in arms to energetic, inquisitive youngsters! Because junior kindergarten is an optional program and not a mandatory pre-requisite for your child’s elementary school education, the decision to send him/her off to school may be difficult to make. You will need to be discerning about your child’s readiness to leave you. You will also want to be able to trust the care giver in the classroom to represent your values for you there.
The junior kindergarten program at B.C.S. is designed to help your child make the transition from home to grade school as natural and enjoyable as possible. The pre-school child is an imaginative and trusting individual. His/her ever-expanding world is full of wonderful things to discover and explore. Junior kindergarten provides a safe and guided place for the young child to discover this world in the company of other children.
As teachers, we accept the trust you give to us with your children, prayerfully. We desire your prayers, as well, in guiding each child in the way of Christ.
Is Full-Time Kindergarten a good move for my child and my family?
The reality of our times dictates that for some families, a full time kindergarten is not an option — it is a necessity. This is one of the reasons Belleville Christian School began offering a full time kindergarten program in the fall of 2009. In doing so, the school’s vision for Christian Education becomes increasingly accessible. As partners in the training of children and the support of families, Belleville Christian School offers a seamless and holistic option for parents who currently require Kindergarten, Day Care, and Before/After School Programs all for one child.
Recent pilot programs within public schools and Christian schools alike are finding that convenience is not the only benefit of full time kindergartens. Instruction in the kindergarten classroom is play-based learning. The activities are structured around specific and measurable learning objectives which are reinforced the more a child plays. The current pilot programs are finding that the extra time spent in a classroom are having a positive impact on the students. Research on the pilot programs shows the full-day attendees (in the short term) have greater gains in areas such as early reading skills, vocabulary, and social skills.
Admittedly, full time kindergarten does not appeal to all families. Our 3-day part time kindergarten continues to offer the same complete educational program as always. Families weighing the full time vs. part time option must look at their own reality and decide for themselves what suits their child best. The advantage of a full time program is realized best in children who currently have multiple caregivers. For them, the advantages of a full day are a far more seamless environment, more opportunity for learning, and less transportation time.
Still not sure? Stop in for a visit and speak to our principal or kindergarten teacher. You are welcome anytime!
Kindergarten Curriculum Overview
The potential for learning that God has placed in the hearts and lives of young children is phenomenal. At the ages of four and five, young children have a great receptivity for learning. Their ability to acquire a variety of skills, knowledge and attitudes at this age will have major impact on their successful learning experiences in school, on their personal development and on their future participation in society.
At Belleville Christian School, we offer a Kindergarten program that supports the Christian faith nurture begun by the parents in the life of the young child. As the curriculum opens new experiences and develops communication and discernment skills, the young child becomes aware of personal gifts and abilities.
Our school offers a Kindergarten program which provides a setting for social and personal development of the young child. God has gifted each one of his little children, and the Christian Kindergarten is a valued setting in which these gifts and abilities are discovered and shared. In this setting the children begin to learn their place of service in God’s glorious kingdom community are given habits to grow and opportunities to share their unique gifts. The 7 Habits are taught to students in meaningful developmentally-appropriate ways and provide a framework for students to gain personal responsibility and interpersonal skills as they practice these habits in their everyday class experiences.
The Kindergarten Bible program, Walking with God and His People, gives students an overview of both the Old and New Testaments. Throughout the year, students learn how God showed His love for His people throughout the Bible. The examples of biblical characters teach us how we, His people, can show our love and gratitude in return. Throughout the lessons, Kindergarten students are challenged to find ways they can live a life in worship and dedication to God, and grow in the plan He has for each one of us.
As Jesus is the “word of God made flesh”, we see language, literacy and communication as a special gift from God. Students experience a diverse Kindergarten program that cultivates listening skills, expressive language and visual discrimination. Because children enter school with different levels of maturity in pre-reading skills, diverse strategies are employed to make reading instruction relevant, engaging for all, and ultimately sees all student experience success daily.
Each day the children will be involved in the following literacy activities:
- Reading to children
- Reading with children
- Reading by children
- Writing for children
- Writing with children
- Writing by children
- Developing phonemic awareness skills
- Working with letters and sounds
- Learning interesting words around them
As children participate in concrete, hands-on activities, they are encouraged to explore patterns and relationships in God’s world. Experiences are organized to encourage children to think, seek and discover the intricacies of God’s complex creation. They look for patterns and relationships and begin to form connections, eventually relating objects and images of their own experiences to mathematical symbols and relationships.
Some of the main mathematical focuses each month at the Kindergarten level are counting and comparing, describing and sorting objects, graphing, classifying, exploring patterns, comparing and measuring and estimating. Recognition of numbers and beginning practice with printing numbers is also a focus. Basic geometric shapes and solids are explored.
Calendar time each morning allows more opportunities to experience numbers in a variety of ways, as the children put up the date, count the days, record the temperature and graph the weather.
Physical Education is an opportunity for children in Kindergarten to explore the fundamental and unique ways God made our bodies able to move and perform many physical tasks. The children express thankfulness to God for their abilities and for the blessing of healthy bodies. They learn to care for their bodies in healthy ways, such as practising safety in the gym and on the playground. Physical Education goals in Kindergarten focus on fitness, coordination, stability and manipulation, body and spatial awareness and skill development. Children learn to cooperate and work as a team through games and activities.
Children have a natural desire to express themselves through music. Music is integrated throughout the curriculum and is also an important part of our daily worship time. The children explore such concepts as rhythm, pitch, mood, tone matching and beat. Movement to music and exploring rhythm instruments are favourite activities at these times.
Kindergarten children are led to respond to their Creator through observing the beauty of colour, symmetry, and design with creation, and expressing appreciation through their own innate creativity. Skills with pencils, scissors, glue, crayons and paint are developed through crafts, drawing, painting and manipulating play dough. Picture making and illustrating stories are encouraged.
We work together to promote joy in the ability to create something and to promote appreciation for the creative work of fellow classmates.