Kindergarten is a time for your child to experience social interaction, develop communication skills, and learn through discovery and exploration. It is the first step in formal education and provides the foundation for future learning. Kindergarten is our speciality – and after operating for over 40 years, we have developed a reputation for excellence!
If you are researching kindergarten options, here is a checklist of things you may want to consider when choosing a program:
- teacher to student ratio;
- approach to social skill development;
- appreciation of differing learning styles and learning at individual pace;
- enriched experiences outside of the classroom;
- critical thinking skills vs rote learning;
- outdoor playtime and physical education;
- opportunities to experience diversity;
- Teaching experience, philosophy and availability.
The Dalhousie Community Kindergarten is an independently operated program. We are funded through Alberta Education and follow the same curriculum as all other kindergarten programs in Alberta. Our class size is limited to 18 students, and we emphasize early literacy and language learning, with an introduction to letters, letter sounds, sight words, as well as hands on science, numbers and math concepts. We also foster an classroom that helps children gain added confidence in their communication and social skills, decision making and self awareness. Our focus on an enhanced learning environment means your child will benefit from a variety of unique and exciting activities and learning experiences. Our classroom is an integrated classroom, and we foster a strong sense of community between our families and our students. Our students can also attend the fantastic Out of School Care program provided in our building by the Dalhousie Community Association.
If you are a parent that is not sure if your child is ready for kindergarten, our Junior program may be the right choice. It follows a curriculum that is adapted for those children who are not quite ready for ECS because of their age or development. Children must be at least 4 years of age by September for this 5 day/wk, tuition based program, but some parents choose this option for children who have late birthdays, and have decided to delay their kindergarten year.