Manitoba
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent

KINDERGARTEN

OVERVIEW

Kindergarten is a time for children to learn about what school is like and have fun while learning new things. The children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn are stimulated through organized activities and play. Your child will interact with others, imagine, experiment and explore to add to their knowledge, learn new skills and practice what they have learned. (Source: Alberta Education).

ARTS EDUCATION: Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts

Kindergarten to Grade 2 children experiment with ways to express themselves creatively and begin to develop skills and knowledge in one or more of the arts. They explore the questions “who”, “where”, “when”, and “why” related to the arts. They think about the importance and meaning of the arts in their own lives, and in the lives of their families and communities. Children learn to think critically and talk about their experiences with learning the arts.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Kindergarten children use language to think and talk about their experiences, stories, and new ideas. They ask questions and find answers from others, pictures, books, videos and their own experience. Children learn to listen actively to stories and other people’s ideas and feelings. They enjoy hearing an adult or older person read out loud picture books, information books, chants, songs, and nursery rhymes, and they talk about or show what they have seen and heard.

FRENCH

Please ask the teacher to find out if your child is learning French in Kindergarten. French is not taught in all schools in Kindergarten.

Kindergarten children learn to understand and communicate some simple ideas in French through rhymes, songs, stories and games.

MATHEMATICS

Kindergarten students observe numbers and patterns in their lives. They use objects and pictures to show and compare quantities of things up to 10 and they learn to count to 30.

They also learn about patterns and 3-D objects.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH EDUCATION

Kindergarten children learn about living an active and healthy lifestyle. They participate in physical activities for fun and for fitness. They learn ways to stay healthy, look after themselves and recognize unsafe situations. They also learn about following safety rules and getting along with others.

SCIENCE

Kindergarten children learn by asking questions and investigating their surroundings to begin to understand the world around them and their relationship with it. The themes in Kindergarten Science (trees, colours and paper) provide contexts for student play and guided exploration.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Being Together

Kindergarten children explore who they are in relation to others in their world. They become aware of how people, live, play and work together to meet basic needs. Your child learns to express interest in others and discovers connections to people around them. As kindergarterners explore their social and natural environments, they become aware that they live in a country called Canada and are part of a larger world.