Curriculum

A child who begins their educational experience at Clarkson Co-operative Nursery School embarks on a strong academic program built on the fundamentals, designed to build the thinking and confidence of students and help ensure their future academic and personal success. 


Preschool students learn to:

  • separate from parents and trust new adults
  • develop listening skills and the ability to sit for structured circle times
  • take turns
  • build literacy through active participation in story times
  • use kinesthetics to form letters and numbers through the Learning Without Tears program
  • use creativity to explore the theme related spaces, intentionally set up to enhance concepts being taught (art and movement in its many forms!)
  • learn to play together using a developing vocabulary
  • learning through many cooperative games related to the curriculum and using the Learning Carpet as a daily tool
  • build body awareness in our large gym through a variety of gross motor activities - i.e. bikes, balls, hoops, balance boards etc.
  • be responsible to borrow and return book bags each week to foster relationships through sharing stories!

The Junior Kindergarten program fosters development in many areas, including:

Language

  • recognizing all letters and their sounds
  • learning the parts of a story and the use of recall
  • using fine motor skills to print upper and lower case letters
  • learning the beginning sounds of words using various resources

Math

  • the daily calendar: learning the days of the week and months of the year
  • counting to 100 using 1's and 10's
  • odd and even numbers are introduced
  • basic shape recognition
  • shapes: 3D and geometric
  • measurement, graphing and patterning

Social Skills

  • learning to work with others in small groups and partnered activities
  • longer sitting times - building longer attention spans
  • learning about the world around them with special projects and themes i.e. science
  • problem solving within the dynamics of the classroom
  • learning through many cooperative games related to the curriculum and using the Learning Carpet as a daily tool

The Senior Kindergarten programs fosters further development in many areas, including:

Language

  • continue learning with reading comprehension and answering questions relating to stories
  • creating simple sentences using the "word wall"
  • single words, Dolch words and CVC words are incorporated into the daily routine
  • taking home bi-weekly book bags to encourage reading

Math

  • counting to 100 by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's
  • addition and subtraction with numbers up to 10
  • explaining time, money and equal and non equal groups
  • recognizing 3D shapes

Social Skills

  • exploring the world around us
  • science experiments...posing questions, making predictions and learning outcomes
  • learning through many cooperative games related to the curriculum and using the Learning Carpet as a daily tool

The Kindergarten Extended Hours Program

The Kindergarten Extended Hours program allows children the opportunity to further enhance their learning into the afternoon hours.

  • Monday through Friday
  • 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
  • taught by our Kindergarten teacher

Curriculum

  • investigate the outdoors through play, community exploration and nature walks
  • specialized art activities and projects
  • following 1 and 2 step directions
  • enriched math, language and science with activities such as baking, poetry and team building games

 

 

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