The New Kindergarten Program
In 2016, the Ontario Ministry of Education released a new curriculum for Kindergarten. Although there are many similarities to the Full Day Kindergarten program there are also some differences. Currently, The Kindergarten Program has been designed with principles, expectations for learning and methods of educating young learners that are developmentally appropriate for 4 and 5 year old children.
The primary goals of the Kindergarten program are:
- to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years;
- to help children make a smooth transition from home, child care, or preschool settings to school settings;
- to allow children to reap the many proven benefits of learning through relationships, and through play and inquiry;
- to set children on a path of lifelong learning and nurture competencies that they will need to thrive in the world of today and tomorrow.
The four frames align with the four foundational conditions
needed for children to grow and flourish − Belonging, Well-Being, Expression, and Engagement.
The overall expectations of the Kindergarten program are connected with the four frames.
(from The Kindergarten Program, Ministry of Education, 2016)
Click on the following link to view the Ontario Ministry of Education's Kindergarten Curriculum Documents:
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Use the following table to help you consider your child’s readiness for school.
Area of Development
I help by...
Is developing daily living skills, including washroom independence
Teaching my child to take responsibility for personal hygiene, dressing and tidying up
Is able to cooperate and play with 1-2 children of similar age
Guiding my child through play times (e.g. suggesting ways of sharing toys)
Is developing the ability to cope with small challenges
Supporting him or her in taking small “risks” (e.g. learning to ride a bike)
Communication and General Knowledge
Is able to communicate own needs and understands others
Talking with my child about topics of interest to him/her (e.g. animals, bugs, special events)
Language and Thinking Skills
Has favourite songs, rhymes, books
Enjoys solving riddles and playing games
Singing rhymes, chants and talking about the stories and books we read
Playing games (e.g. “I Spy”)
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"Parents are the first and most powerful influence on their children’s learning, development, health, and well-being. Parents bring diverse social, cultural, and linguistic perspectives and are their children’s first role models with respect to learning about values, appropriate behaviour, and ethnocultural, spiritual, and personal beliefs and traditions. It is therefore important for schools and parents to work together to ensure that home and school provide a mutually supportive framework for children’s education."
(from The Kindergarten Program, Ministry of Education, 2016, p. 109)
These parent guides are intended to help you when reading, writing or developing understandings in mathematics with your child.
Reading and Writing with your Child. Kindergarten to Grade 6.
Doing Mathematics with your Child. Kindergarten to Grade 6.
Resources to support students at home
The following images are helpful resources to support the development of letters and words at home.
Use the Linking Charts below to help your child recognize letter sounds.
A fun game to play is to make the letter sound and ask your child to find the letter(s) on the chart.