The Kindergarten Program
Kindergarten at Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board is a faith-based two year program where children learn through play, exploration and inquiry. This program is unique as there are often two educators in the classroom. There is the classroom teacher and an Early Childhood Educator working collaboratively to offer the most engaging learning experiences and opportunities for your child.
Play-based learning in Ontario is designed to support your child’s natural learning by focusing on four key areas:
Belonging & Contributing
In Kindergarten, students really begin to explore where they fit into the world and their role as community members.
Self-Regulation & Well-Being
Students matter as individuals. Learning in Kindergarten helps them to become more self-aware, and understand their own thinking and feelings.
Literacy & Mathematics Behaviours
Students show literacy with the language, pictures, and materials they use to express themselves. Using numbers and patterns during play strengthens their developing mathematics skills.
Problem Solving & Innovating
Kindergarten students begin to make sense of their world by asking questions, solving problems, and engaging in creative play.
For more information about full-day kindergarten and tips to support your child’s learning at home
French as a Second Language
Oui, je parle français!
The French Immersion program is an optional program offered to students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 within the Board. It is designed for children who do not speak French at home. Any parent/guardian who desires his/her child to study in French may enrol his/her child in the French Immersion program.
The Importance of Learning French
The ability to speak and understand French allows students to communicate with French-speaking people in Canada and around the world, to understand and appreciate the history and evolution of their cultures, and to develop and benefit from a competitive advantage in the workforce.
While the knowledge of any language has value, French is not only a global language, but the mother tongue of many Canadians and an integral part of the Canadian identity. Learning French equips students with the ability to communicate with French-speaking Canadians and millions of French speakers around the world.
French Immersion is offered in many of our schools. To learn more about this program click here.
How to Prepare
How to Prepare My Child for Kindergarten
Preparing for Kindergarten is a very exciting time for families! The following are some tips, suggestions and resources to explore to help you and your child prepare for the transition to school. Full Day Kindergarten-Preparing Your Child
What Families can do at home to Prepare for Kindergarten
- Pray with child and worship together
- Practice the sign of our faith
- Encourage love for God’s world and their place in it
- Model forgiveness
- Recognize and appreciate their own talents and be thankful for them
Belonging and Contributing
- Provide opportunities for your child to be with other children to learn, share , wait and take turns
- Experience new situations with your child in the community
- Model making choices and foster independent problem solving
- Give your child small choices and allow mistakes which can be used as learning opportunities
Self- Regulation and Well Being
- Make lunches with your child and talk about healthy eating
- Help your child learn some ways to calm down and work through difficult tasks
- Play simple indoor and outdoor games with some rules that need to be followed
- Practise self- help skills such as dressing, lunch routines, caring for belongings,managing bathroom needs
- Read books about naming feelings
Problem Solving and Innovating
- Spend time outdoors
- Ask and answer lots of questions
- Ask your child “I wonder what would happen if….”
- Encourage your child to explore and investigate things that interest them and have them share their findings
Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour
- Encourage your child to use language to make needs known and solve problems
- Read with your child every day and talk about the books you have read
- Explore nursery rhymes together through books, songs and play
- Draw attention to words, numbers and signs in the everyday environment
- Encourage your child to recognize and print their own name
- Engage your child in using a variety of writing tools (chalk, paint brush, marker, crayon, pencil)
- Count everyday objects
- Practice directional and positional language (up down over under beside)
- Involve your child in daily experiences that are rich in Math and Language such as shopping, baking and setting the table
Access Community Supports and Services
Bruce and Grey County EarlyON Child and Family Centres support your parenting/care-giving journey and nurture the healthy development of children from newborn to 6 years of age. Use the links below to find out more about the EarlyOn centre near you and the fun activities that they share!
- Grey County EarlyOn
- Kincardine including Ripley & Lucknow
- Port Elgin including Southampton, Tara, & Paisley
- Wiarton including Sauble Beach, Lion’s Head, Tobermory
- Chesley including Teeswater, Mildmay, and Walkerton
My Child’s Progress
Ongoing, clear and meaningful communication between families, their child and the Kindergarten educator team is vital to your child’s growth in learning. BGCDSB carefully monitors and formally communicates the progress of Kindergarten students three times over the course of the school year through an Initial Observations Report in the fall, and Communication of Learning Reports in the winter and spring.
Young children reveal their understanding in what they say, what they do, and what they represent. Educators observe, listen, and ask probing questions in order to document and interpret children’s thinking and learning. This evidence of learning is analyzed and interpreted by educators in collaboration with children and their family to gain insights into the children’s learning paths and processes to determine next steps in the child’s learning (The Kindergarten Program, 2016, MOE).For a better understanding of these reports access the Ontario Ministry of Education’s A Parent’s Guide to Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning.
Parents play a critical and important role in their child's learning! They are the first and most powerful influence on their children’s learning, development, health, and well-being. Studies show that children perform better in school if their parents are involved in their education. Parent involvement leads to student success and is recognized as a key factor in the enhancement of student achievement and well-being.
Students are more likely to be motivated, to earn higher grades, to have better behaviour and social skills, and to continue their education to a higher level when their parents are actively engaged in supporting their success at school.
Parent involvement takes many forms. The following are all examples of why that you can engage in your child's education:
- serving on school councils and Parent Involvement Committees (PICs)
- volunteering for field trips and school activities
- making sure there is a quiet place set aside to do homework,
- helping with homework
- meeting with teachers
- talking to your child about their day at school.
Kindergarten Program 2016: Building Partnerships:Learning and Working Together ~Parents and Families
Extended Day Program
Child Care/Before & After School Programs
The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board is committed to building strong partnerships with Early Years and Child Care Programs in support of schools, students, families, and communities.
We have partnerships in numerous programs:
- EarlyON (formerly Ontario Early Years)
- Before and After School care
- Full-day Child Care programs
- Recreation programs
- Summer camps
At BGCDSB we are pleased to offer a fee based Extended Day program at many of our schools for children from Kindergarten to Grade 6. This program offers parents a convenient school location with equity of access in a safe and healthy learning environment for young children.
To learn more about the Licensed and Unlicensed Child Care Providers click here
English as a Second Language
BGCDSB welcomes students that are learning English as an additional language!
If your child’s first language is a language other than English, please be sure to communicate this information during registration. Being bilingual or multilingual is a gift and blessing! Here at BGCDSB we honour our students' gifts, talents and cultural experiences and value the importance of our students using their first language during the school day. Please continue to speak, read and write with your child in your language.
Continuing to use your language has many benefits:
- continues to build literacy in the first language of the child
- reinforces concepts learned at school
- encourages ongoing communication between the child and parents
- strengthens the child’s cultural identity
We believe that each child is a gift from God and has the potential to grow, to develop, and to contribute. Each person is worthy of our respect, is to be included, and is to be treated fairly and with dignity.To Learn more about Special Education click here
Your child may qualify for a seat on the bus! The Student Transportation Service Consortium of Grey-Bruce provides transportation to all schools in Bruce and Grey counties. The partner boards are Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board.