4-Year-OldJunior Kindergarten

Prepare your child for Kindergarten and develop a love of school and learning.

ProgramDescription

The Bearspaw Preschool 4-year-old Junior Kindergarten Program focuses on routines of the classroom, problem solving skills, independence and aims to help prepare children for Kindergarten. Emphasis is placed on listening, social interaction behaviours, conflict resolution, manners and following instruction. Fine and gross motor skill development is accomplished through classroom activities and daily gym time in our full-size gymnasium.

We focus on Early Literacy in a fun way by incorporating crafts and activities that support a different letter each week.  Our teachers use a combination of Hand Writing Without Tears and Jolly Phonics to support the child’s learning.

While our program is based on learning through play, we do offer a number of science-related *activities such as magnets, color mixing, measuring cups, water beads, sensory bins and a light table to ensure our students have a fully rounded experience. 

Changes to our Drop off and pick up routines:

Below we  have outlined times in which the students may be  dropped off and picked up outside the school in order to allow for staggered entries. Please note that drops off and pick-ups will be completed in the parking area in a  designated zone and no parents will be allowed into the classroom at this time:

Dates andTimes

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Mornings 08:30am-09:00am and 11:15am-11:25am
Afternoon will be 12:30pm-1:00pm and 3:15pm-3:25pm

DailySchedule

Circle Time *(20 minutes)
Free Play & Craft Time *(55 minutes)
Songs *(10 minutes)
Snacks *(15 minutes)
Puzzles, Stories, Games *(20 minutes)
Gym *(30 minutes)

*Times are approximate and may vary 

When dropping off your child we will confirm that your COVID online form was filled out (we are hoping to get it emailed out the night before), and then we  will take a quick temperature check of your child. Once this is complete your child will enter the classroom and go to the hand washing station. Who ever is dropping off the child must be in a mask when exiting the vehicle.

Practicing Social Distancing:

Social Distance practice has been mandated, and the parents are not allowed to enter in the classroom. The reason for this is to keep the children cohort group under 30 so your child doesn’t have to be in a mask for class. Our classroom sizes are all under 15 students with one teacher and one aide. Teachers and aids that will be teaching more than one cohort group are required to be in a mask.

Additional Information:

We will be adjusting our program and activities to adhere to the AHS guidelines. This means that at this time we are required to suspend all field trips and special guests until the new year when we will re-evaluate the curriculum again.

In classroom activities will look as normal possible, we will be required to suspend the use of common items such as the water table and sand tables to ensure we are conforming with AHS standards. However we anticipate that our classroom activities should remain fairly normally with the increased frequency of cleaning that we have added into the classroom (An example of increased cleaning for example will be  that after each child touches an item such as a book we  will be required to clean that book prior to it being placed back on the shelf for others to enjoy.)

As the school year nears, we have been advised to talk about Separation Anxiety with our families as this is likely going to increase this year. Experts have advised that the best way to handle this moving forward is to have parents start talking about going to school with your child earlier so that they are able to start to prepare to be away from their homes and parents for a period of time during the day. Also talk about the changes in the routine and the classroom and that parents wont be able to be present in classrooms to start the year. This will provide your little one with as much information as  possible and hopefully provide them with comfort as  they enter the school year.

Once again thank you parents, we are looking forward to opening our doors to your children and having a great, and safe school year.

Please find attached Questions And Answer and “guidance for preschools” from AHS to also help with any additional questions.


Enhanced ProgramExperience

At Bearspaw Preschool we enhance our overall program by providing various special guests, field trips and special events throughout the school year.

 

Some of the places we have visited include:

Cobb’s  Corn Maze
Retirement Residence’s for Caroling
Butterfield Acres

Tobogganing
Skating
Fire Hall Tours

 

Bowling
Cooking School
Science Centre

Northmount Art Centre
Big Hill Springs Hike
Safety City


Some of our special guests in the past have included:

Monthly Music and Play
Yoga
Bricks for Kids

Reptile Man
Quest Theatre
Mad Science

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Crock-A-Doodle
Creative Expressions Dance

Sportball
Curling Canada


Some of our annual special events are: 

Halloween Parade
Christmas Pyjama Party

Children’s Art Gala
Mother’s Day Tea

Bike Rally 

Year End Celebration

Registrations Open on January 13th,  2019