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Beginning September 2019

Bilingual Kindergarten Program

All Kindergarten programs in the Province of Ontario are full day, every day programs.  The program is two years (JK and SK) and is focused on Play Based Learning. 

At Valour JK-12 School our Kinder program is a Bilingual program.  Each class learns equally in French and in English.  The students are immersed in one language for a full day and then the other the next day.  This is called an A and B day schedule. A days are English, B days are French.  The students stay in the same room with the same ECE each day.  They have one teacher for English and one for French.  Both teachers plan using the Four Frames of Learning described below.   Our goal is to provide our early learners every opportunity to learn both of our country's official languages.  

The Kinder program focuses on four frames of learning;

Self Regulation and Well Being

Belonging and Contributing

Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours

Problem Solving and Innovating. 

In the Kindergarten program, four “frames”, or broad areas of learning, are used to structure thinking about learning and assessment. The frames − Belonging and Contributing, Self-Regulation and Well-Being, Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours, and Problem Solving and Innovating − are designed to support an approach that aligns with the way children’s learning naturally occurs and that focuses on aspects of learning that are critical to young children’s development. The frames reflect the integrated way in which learning occurs during children’s play and inquiry in Kindergarten.

Kindergarten classrooms make use of play and embed opportunities for learning through play in the physical environment (ELECT, 2007, p. 15; see also Chapter 1.3, “The Learning Environment”). The learning experiences are designed by the educators to encourage the children to think creatively, to explore and investigate, to solve problems, self-regulate, and engage in the inquiry process, and to share their learning with others.