This is indeed an exciting time for both children and families. We want your child’s experience in District 196 to be positive and rewarding. We hope this page is informative and answers some of your questions regarding kindergarten. You are also an important part of this process. We look forward to being part of your child’s exciting journey!
View the Kindergarten 2022 Booklet for important information and dates, and access downloadable activities for your child!
Timeline of Important Dates
- May 2, 2022 - Immunizations due to school nurse
- August 2022 - Transportation information sent to households
- August 29 & 30, 2022 - Kindergarten Transition Days (half days, first day for K)
- August 31 & September 1, 2022 - Literacy Assessments
- September 7, 2022 - First Full Day for Kindergartners
Early Learning Philosophy
The goal of early learning is to nurture the development of children to be inquisitive, eager to learn, creative, confident, compassionate and self-initiating. Early learning experiences provide opportunities for these qualities to develop and lay the foundation for future learning. Early learning should support cooperative learning, socialization, healthy self-esteem and creativity, and maximize the growth of problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills.
Early learning programming consists of teacher-facilitated, hands-on activities that address the individual child’s needs and interests, as well as curriculum frameworks. Children assume increasing personal responsibility and independence as they grow and develop.
Essential connections between home, school and the community are acknowledged and strengthened through early learning programming. Families and teachers work cooperatively to encourage and support children on their unique journey of lifelong learning.
EARLY LEARNING BELIEFS
- Early childhood is a remarkable time of psychological, physical, social and academic development as many pathways of learning are being established.
- Learning is a social process where children learn through play, exploration and inquiry.
- Families are a child’s first and most influential teacher.
- Each child has unique strengths, which benefit and enrich their family, school and community.
- Children thrive in a safe environment where their needs are met through mutual respect, nurturing and consistency.
- Strong family, school and community partnerships help ensure a child’s success in school and beyond.