The first month of the New Year brings exciting changes to our Pre-school. Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) building is now open, and our Pre-school and Kindergarten students have their own building to call home (not to mention their own exclusive play areas). We are so happy to be able to offer a specialized building, designed and catered to the educational needs of our youngest students.
To share with our community families and give everyone the opportunity to understand our Early Childhood curriculum, we had the first Pre-school Open Day in our new building this past Saturday. Thank you to the nearly 100 families, and especially the kids, for coming and participating in this delightful event. We hope you all had a happy morning!
In the new classrooms, students aged 2-5 were divided into different groups. Each group got to experience different class activities by our teachers.
In Mrs. Purnelle’s class, she read ” A Color of His Own” by Leo Lionni with the students. After the story, the children made their own chameleon through colors of their own. During this process, they learned vocabulary and were fully engaged with the colorful activity.
Also, students turned into little whiz kids! They tried out some STEAM games. They played games like sphero, and started to learn the basics of coding with games like dash and dot. Getting kids properly exposed to technology and preparing them for future change has always been a goal at CIS.
In Mr. Bartlett’s class, students got the chance to partake in various activities to help develop their agility, balance, coordination and teamwork.
In one of our 2 years old experiment class, our teacher Mrs. Daugela was singing a song with actions/movement followed by a craft. The song is baby shark. One of the ways our students develop English language skills is through rhyming and music, especially when linked with movement. Baby shark is a song that uses a lot of repetition and is easy to follow along with the visual cues. For the craft we will be making small fish using paper plates and tissue paper. This type of craft helps children to work on fine motor skills, and allows us as teachers to provide opportunities for learning colors and shapes.
Our Principal, Mrs. Tanya Thiessen, and our Assistant Principal Ms. Kim Romyn, explained how our Early Childhood team develops their programs based on the philosophy of play-based learning. Students’ interests guide daily learning activities. Teachers use the Alberta Kindergarten Program of Studies to plan developmentally appropriate activities that will help prepare students for their future journey.
Meanwhile, Simon Chen, Operation Director of CIS, introduced the daily management and operations of our Pre-school. He shared how we apply the professional management of provincial model kindergartens to CIS; Including children’s disease prevention, meal preparation, napping, and safety management etc.
Thank you to all the families who attended our ECE Open Day. For those that did not have the opportunity to participate, you are always welcome to contact our admissions office to make an appointment to visit the school. We look forward to seeing you!