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STEP UP to Kindergarten

This new, two afternoon program offered 1- 3:15p.m. Tuesday/Thursday is intended for children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall, taught by a teacher/ECE team.

  • Literacy & Phonemic Awareness
  • Problem Solving
  • Physical health, well being, directed activity-group and school yard games
  • Art
  • Social interaction & skills


What is my child learning in nursery school that will help them with reading and writing in Kindergarten?
Early literacy skills, which include:

  • Print awareness - Noticing print and understanding that print conveys a message.
  • Print motivation - Being interested in and enjoying books.
  • Letter knowledge - Knowing that letters have sounds and are different from each other.
  • Vocabulary - Being able to describe things and events.
  • Phonological awareness - Being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.

How important is problem solving to young children? How is it done?
Learning how to solve problems on their own and being independent is very important to students at any age. Being able to handle some problems on their own empowers children. Our program focuses on looking at the big picture and figuring out the best options. This is done by encouraging small amounts of independent work; also by walking children through their options and helping them choose the best options through scenarios, plays and discussions.

What do you mean by Directed physical activity?
Directed physical activity is a group activity that is planned by the teacher. It is not free play. We will focus on simple physical activities that promote coordination, physical fitness and cooperation. Activities will include school yard games, cooperative games and balancing tasks.

What kind of social skills can a three year old learn?
Social skills are important at all ages. It is important for children to learn how to communicate with others in order to be successful in school. As in our morning program, the focus is being able to verbalize feelings, aware of others’ feelings, cooperating, taking turns, asking others to play and developing friendships.  

Please call 416-424-2135 or email mrs-parksschool@sympatico.ca for more information or to register your child. 
We will have twelve spaces available on a first come, first served basis.
Mary Dwan King

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