MS. ROCHE'S CLASS
Our 100 Voices program is designed for a diverse community of three and four year-old learners! We provide an inclusive classroom setting where children are actively engaged and have the opportunity to work cooperatively with other children in large and small group activities. Through our programing, children with identified needs will have access to services provided by Speech & Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Emotional Behavioural specialists.
The learning outcomes for our programming are based on the Kindergarten program statement and are integrated with the interests of the children by engaging in projects, learning centres, and play. We focus largely on: Early Literacy, Early Numeracy, Personal Growth (Citizenship & Identity), Environment & Community Awareness, Physical Skills & Wellbeing, and Creative Expression.
In a Reggio Inspired program such as ours, the parent is considered as the child’s first teacher. Parents are highly respected, welcomed, and valued within our program (when Covid regulations allow for this to occur). We hope to provide opportunities for parents to become involved through: Concerts, School Celebrations, Special Events, etc. As mentioned, we have daily support from our Multidisciplinary team in order to support the diverse needs of our students. If your child has, or is currently receiving, support through outside agencies for needs (such as speech, motor skills, behaviour, or medical concerns, etc.) please indicate this information and provide documentation on your registration forms. This is to ensure that we provide the proper supports and programming for your child.
Documents that will be required for registration include: Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Proof of Address (Copy of Utility Bills), Landed immigrant certificate (if applicable), and any assessments, screenings, reports from speech & language services, occupational therapist, or psychologists (if applicable).
Program Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
No Class on Thursdays (unless otherwise specified for special occasions)
For our numeracy practice, we encourage including your children in every day counting activities. Have your child help you count out items needed for preparing meals (ex. count out 3 carrots, count out 5 banana slices, or count out 10 cheerios), because in 100 Voices we focus on counting 1 to 5, and recognizing the quantities (how many) each number represents. Another great way to practice and develop numeracy skills is to sort items. You can have your child help you sort laundry (based on colour or item!) or have them sort other items you have have at home (ex. buttons, food items, toys, etc). Ways to sort can include (but aren't limited to) by size / shape / colour / texture.
Lastly, try to include comparison words when playing with your children. Using words such as longer/shorter, bigger/smaller, heavy/light, more/less is a way to support your child in understanding how objects are related to each other and introduces them to the idea of length and mass. Activities such as baking or cooking are great ways to incorporate these words!
We talk a lot about feelings in our program, and how our actions have an impact on others (just as their actions have an impact on us). We ask that you continue to support this area of development at home by regularly discussing with your child how they are feeling (Please refer to our feeling chart if unsure). Ask your child how they are feeling and if they would like to tell you why they are feeling that way. We also do not expect you to implement school rules at home, but if you would like to use our ideas at home you are more than welcome (please refer to our classroom rules page). We discuss why we have rules, and what could happen if we didn't follow the rules.
Movement Breaks & Sing Alongs:
Please follow the links for some great movement activities and sing alongs!
ABCya - Interactive Online Learning Games (Numeracy / Literacy / Problem Solving)
Mystery Science - Kindergarten Lessons
We do not regularly make use of worksheets in our program as we often are engaged in play, but due to circumstances, we have also included some worksheets that can help support the development of your child's writing, numeracy, and fine motor skills.
Please feel free to email me at any time if you are looking for any further or specific resources and I will do my best to provide them to you. - Ms. Roche (Emily.Roche@ecsd.net)