Posts tagged ‘Kindergarten’

EduGains: New Kindergarten Resources

Where to Find Kindergarten Supports. Many new resources have been posted on the Kindergarten site of EduGAINS. For a visual guide on where to find key Kindergarten supports, please click < here >.

4 page document: Where to Find Support Materials for Growing Success, the Kindergarten Addendum (2016) see  http://www.edugains.ca/resourcesKIN/Home/WheretoFindSupportMaterials.pdf

Communicating with Parents about Children’s Learning – A Guide for Educators (Draft) A guide has been developed to support educators across the province in completing the new Communication of Learning templates. While the final version of Communicating with Parents about Children’s Learning – A Guide for Educators (2016) will be published on the EDU website in the near future, a draft version is now available online in the Kindergarten Subdomain of the EduGAINS website. See the document at http://edugains.ca/resourcesKIN/OtherResources/Educator_Guide_DRAFT_CommwParents_about_Childrens_Learning.pdf

Check it out! Rowan

January 12, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Kindergarten entry and students with end of calendar year birthdays

Today’s globe and Mail included this article Should you keep a late-birthday child back from starting school?  by Diane Jermyn,  and discusses the pros and cons of holding back or redshirting childrens whose birthdays are late in the calendar year. See also this 2016 article by Jessica Kelman When should Kids Start Kindergarten and she includes a link to a Canadian study:

“A Canadian study suggests that redshirting can have positive academic outcomes, including a reduced chance that the child will repeat the third grade and in tenth grade improved math and reading scores. According to this study by the NBER, the effects are highest for boys (who are more often redshirted) and low-income students. Additionally, the researchers’ estimates suggest that not only is delayed kindergarten better, but starting too early may have negative consequences for kids.”

The internet is full of articles about this topic; TDSB teachers may contact the Library for more academic/research-based resources. Phone (416) 395-8289 or email professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca

Check it out! Rowan

October 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Kindergarten (2016) : Learning Modules on Edugains

From EduGains Kindergarten

The Kindergarten Program – 2016

A series of learning modules are available to support educators with the implementation of the 2016 curriculum.

Click on < Training Resources> found in the Professional Learning Facilitator tab
of the Kindergarten site.

October 13, 2016 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

2016 Kindergarten docs on Ministry webpage

Finally! Here it is on the Ministry’s  web page.

The Kindergarten Program, 2016

The Kindergarten Program, 2016, now available in PDF format (4.22 MB), supersedes The Full-Day Early Learning–Kindergarten Program, Draft Version, 2010–11. The policies outlined in The Kindergarten Program will be implemented in Ontario schools in September 2016.

In conjunction with the new Kindergarten program, the ministry has released the policy document Growing Success – The Kindergarten Addendum: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2016. Beginning in September 2016, the assessment, evaluation, and reporting of children’s learning in Kindergarten in Ontario schools will be based on the policies and practices described in this document.

Check it out!

Rowan

August 3, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

MoE 2016 Kindergarten docs available

Check out these new releases from the Ministry:

The Kindergarten Program (2016)

Growing Success: The Kindergarten Addendum (2016)

As of this moment in time, the Kindergarten Program document is not yet on their Kindergarten page,but any day now.

Also, check out the 2016 training resources available from EduGains.

Check ’em out!

Rowan

 

July 7, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Ministry to release the final FDK program documents (curriculum and OER)

From the Ministry web page:

The Kindergarten Program, 2016 (Interim Release)

Policies set out in the final Kindergarten program document – The Kindergarten Program, 2016 – will be implemented in Ontario schools in September 2016. Planned for release in late spring 2016, The Kindergarten Program will supersede The Full-Day Early Learning–Kindergarten Program, Draft Version, 2010–11.

Key components of the final Kindergarten program document are being made available to assist educators as they prepare for the 2016–17 school year.

In conjunction with the new Kindergarten program, the ministry is releasing the policy document Growing Success – The Kindergarten Addendum: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2016. Beginning in September 2016, the assessment, evaluation, and reporting of children’s learning in Kindergarten in Ontario schools will be based on the policies and practices described in this document.

Check it out!

Rowan

April 4, 2016 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Full-Day Kindergarten debate: Effective or ‘Expensive Daycare’

Recently my home subscription to the Globe and Mail has included the National Post (I confess that I rarely read it), and the Tuesday June 23rd issue included an article by Sarah Boesveld titled “More than expensive daycare?” In this extensive news article, the author addresses this issue, discussing both sides of this debate … and the online version includes interviews, videos etc.

The articles refers to a couple of reports, without actually providing the titles or links. Have you noticed how reporters do this? The librarian  in me finds this very irritating, but that’s what I am here for. So to the best of my humble ability, hoping that these are accurate, here are the links to the reports mentioned in this article.

One
Fall 2012, by researchers at Queen’s U and Brock U: Final Report: Evaluation of the Implementation of the Ontario Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program. 

Two

2006 or 2007. Philip DeCicca from McMaster U:  Does full-day kindergarten matter? Evidence from the first 2 years of schooling

Three

Janette Pelletier (OISE). I could not figure out the exact report to which the reporter was referring to, so here are 2 publicly available articles/reports:

Finally, here is the link the Ministry’s Full-day Kindergarten page: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/kindergarten/ and the EduGain Early Primary site http://www.edugains.ca/newsite/earlyPrimary/index.html  

This would be a great research project for anyone taking Early Learning AQ courses!

Check them out,  Rowan

July 2, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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