Kindergarten at J.H. Picard
Our Kindergarten French Immersion students are engaged in language rich activities, exposed to literature, and involved in mathematical problem solving. Entering kindergarten is an exciting time for your child and is an
important first step in their Catholic education. We want this
transition to the school community to be as smooth as possible for you
and your child. Each of our schools has a unique way of orienting your
child to the program but here are some tips that you can begin
working on immediately to help make the transition from home to school
as smooth as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old must my child be to register for Kindergarten?
be eligible for Kindergarten your child must be five years old on or
before March 1 of the school year that they will be starting
will be asked to provide proof of your child’s name, date of birth and
citizenship. Only the following documents verifying birth are accepted:
There are many ways that you can make the transition to school go smoothly for your child:
- Birth certificate
- Canadian Citizen Certificate
Talk often about Pre-K/Kindergarten and reassure your child that it will be an exciting experience.
What should I tell the teacher about my child?
- Attend the Pre-K/Kindergarten Open House at your child’s school in the spring.
- Find out when your child can meet his/her teacher and have a tour of the classroom before school begins in the fall.
- Help your child develop a sense of responsibility. Encourage your child to learn to look after his/her belongings.
- Read with your child daily and have conversations about the books read.
the world that your child lives in. Talk about what your child sees.
Point out signs, numbers and letters that he/she sees.
- Provide opportunities for your child to interact with other children to promote the development of social skills.
- Encourage your child to know his/her personal information (i.e. first and last name and phone number).
- Celebrate together in the little accomplishments that occur each day.
- Pray together.
Early Learning teacher and the school will want as much information as
possible. Some guidelines that might help the teacher get to know your
child better include:
What will my child learn in kindergarten?
- How does your child feel about coming to school?
- Has your child been in pre-school or daycare or will this be his/her first experience away from home?
- What are your child’s special passions or interests?
are your child’s special needs? (This includes everything from
allergies to fears, unique physical or medical conditions, previous
speech and language intervention, emotional or behavioural patterns, or
any major change that might be occurring in your child’s life).
addition to the teacher, Alberta Education is a great resource and
publishes, ‘Kindergarten in Alberta – A Handbook for Parents-Catholic
Version.’ The resource is available online on the Alberta Education
website or you might ask the school to see a copy during orientation. It
is a very valuable resource.
For more information, please contact the school at (780) 433-4251