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Kindergarten Additional Qualification Course
York University - Instructor: Joanne Babalis
This will be a great space for us to share relevant resources and ask questions that are specific to Ontario's new Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program.
Please remember that everything added to this wiki page especially with regards to planning and assessment must follow individual board and school memos/direction. What is added here is not the "right" way, but rather a starting point to consider.
Here are a few helpful links for FDK:
Ministry of Education Full Day Kindergarten Page
Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program Document Draft
FDK Key Messages from the York Region District School Board:
Assessment for learning: making learning visible (documentation).
Comprehensive literacy is not separate from play.
Same program that prioritizes literacy, number, and includes social and emotion growth and play.
Inquiry-based learning: keeping the curriculum in mind while following the child's interests.
Environment as the third teacher (intentionality-space, time, resources).
Personalization: large group vs. small groups
Generic worksheets/art activities provides limited assessment information on the child's level of understanding.
Self-Regulation: Social, emotional, and cognitive self-regulation and the ability to communicate with others are foundational to all forms of learning and have been shown to be best developed in intentional, play-based environments.
Thank you for visiting, and pop back in from time to time to see new updates!
Copyright, 2012 Joanne Marie Babalis
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