Kindergarten Readiness

At Sprouting Minds Preschool, we recognize and follow the guidelines of British Columbia`s Early Learning Framework.  We incorporate the Reggio influence that recognizes child directed play as a wonderful opportunity for learning. We concentrate on the following  kindergarten readiness skills:

– enthusiasm for learning
– solid oral language skills
– the ability to listen
– the desire to be independent
– the ability to play well with others
– strong fine-motor skills
– better letter and number recognition

Our approach to early childhood education is to adhere to Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP). This means that we provide an environment and offer content, materials, activities and methodologies that are both age appropriate and individually appropriate for each child.

There are seven “domains” we reference in developing programs that enhance our students’ development and kindergarten readiness. We believe these domains are the foundation that set the stage for kindergarten. In keeping with the time-honored theory, “you have to learn to walk before you can run”, these developmental steps are crucial to providing the foundation by which children will eventually be able to absorb the reading and writing skills that will be taught in kindergarten.

  • Cognitive

    Developing the ability to process information, reason, remember and relate.

  • Gross Motor

    Developing muscle strength, endurance, balance, coordination & postural control.

  • Fine Motor

    Pencil grasp development

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  • Self-Help

    Gain confidence in their ability to try new things and build their self-esteem and pride in their independence.

  • Social and Emotional

    Developing the skills to manage their emotions, enter play, resolve conflicts nonviolently, and make responsible decisions.

  • Creative Play

    Important to children’s overall development, imagination, and also develop problem-solving, thinking and motor skills.

  • Language

    Supporting an expanding vocabulary. Name, number, and alphabet recognition.

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