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 Program Overview

The kindergarten and nursery students will be learning to transition from learning through play to a more structured learning environment. They will begin to see themselves as active learners and members of the Ralph Brown School Community. The students will learn to follow directions, be attentive in a group situation and communicate effectively with the adults and the other children in the classroom.  Healthy eating and healthy lifestyles will be part of the daily routine.

The students will be introduced to a variety of subject areas and will be assessed regularly to track their progress.


The students in the nursery/kindergarten program will learn to count forward and back, recognize geometric shapes, identify familiar dot and finger patterns without counting, and create sets of objects.  The students will also create patterns and build numbers.

Assessment: The students will be assessed through large and small group activities, and the use of manipulatives. Their progress will be recorded in the Pathway Assessment Booklets and in their portfolios. These booklets will be updated three times during the year.

At the end of nursery the students should be able to:

  • Rote count to 10.
  • Recognize familiar dot patterns to 3.
  • Use mathematical language during water play, sand play, and at snack time.​

At the end of kindergarten the students should be able to:

  • Use manipulatives to represent a number in two parts.
  • Recognize a variety of geometric shapes.
  • Create a repeating pattern.
  • Rote count forward to 30 and back from 10.
  • Name the number that comes before or after any given number to 10.
  • Name 1 more and 1 less to 5.
  • Recognize familiar dot patterns to 6.

English Language Arts

The students in the nursery/kindergarten class will learn to express themselves by participating in music, games, sharing circles and other group activities. They will learn to recite familiar nursery rhymes and repeat the sounds of the alphabet letters. As the students learn to recognize printed words, the words will be posted on the word wall.  Guided reading will begin with students learning to follow print by pointing to each word in easy to read pattern books. The words are repeated several times so that the students become familiar with them. Once the students are comfortable following print through guided reading, they will be given home reading books to practice at home. Writing skills will be developed as students begin making marks on a paper and drawing pictures. They will then progress to creating strings of letters and printing familiar words.


The progress of the students will be assessed by the work placed into the portfolio three times during the year and ongoing assessment will take place during group and one on one activities. Once a student demonstrates an ability to track print and recognize familiar words, the reading level of the student will be assessed using the Fountas & Pinell reading assessment.

At the end of nursery the student should be able to:

  • Recognize half of the letters of the alphabet
  • Recite rhymes and songs
  • Demonstrate active listening skills by looking at the speaker and not interrupting
  • Recognize their name and some of their friend's names
  • Make a prediction about a story and look at pictures to get an idea about the text
  • Use drawings to express ideas
  • Compose with a scribe
  • Demonstrate active listening skills

At the end of kindergarten the students should be able to:

  • Listen to a read aloud and make a prediction
  • Break own name into syllables
  • Hear and produce rhyming words
  • Connect sounds with letters in words
  • Name all upper and lowercase letters
  • Track print and point to the words while reading easy pattern books
  • Recognize at least 15 familiar words
  • Recognize eight pieces of environmental print
  • Write words with more than one letter
  • Demonstrate a personal style of expressive drawings and expressive writing
  • Demonstrate all of the skills outlined at the nursery level

Fundamental Movement Skills

The students will participate in a daily movement activity in the classroom and will participate in physical education activities in the gym twice each six day cycle.


The students will be assessed two times during the year using the Fundamental Movement Assessment.

By the end of nursery the students should be able to participate in all movement activities and understand that physical activity is necessary for good health.

By the end of kindergarten the students should be able to hop, skip, jump, and balance on one foot.


The students in nursery kindergarten will learn about colour, trees, and products from trees.

A science center and art center will be available to the students so that they can explore and discover how to make new colours and shades, examine parts of trees and products from trees. The children will also participate in structured activities with the final product displaying the knowledge that they have gained.

Katryna Holland


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