Posts tagged ‘Kindergarten’

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!


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.

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. 


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


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: and the EduGain Early Primary site  

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

More shared training resources from EduGains

EduGains has released resources released at regional training sessions supporting Education and Career Life,  and Kindergarten.

Re: Education and Career Planning 

Creating Pathways to Success, An Education and Career/Life Planning Program for Ontario Schools, Policy and Program Requirements, Kindergarten to Grade 12, 2013

The Education and Career/Life Planning Program website on EduGAINS has been created to include resources for classroom educators, school leaders, system leaders and professional learning facilitators.

Resources used in regional training sessions for Creating Pathways to Success are now available. These resources include the presentation slides and worksheets from the regional sessions.


RE Full-day Early Learning Kindergarten

Resources used in regional capacity-building sessions are now available on the Kindergarten domain for Professional Learning Facilitators. These resources include modified slide packages and a protocol for analyzing pedagogical documentation

Check ’em out!


June 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

CMEC Early Learning & Development Framework

The Council of Ministers of Education Canada have released a document titled CMEC Early Learning and Development Framework and applies to programs for children from birth to age 8. The purpose of the document is to

  • “present a pan-Canadian vision for early learning
  • provide a common understanding  of a continuum of learning and shared values
  • serve as a resource to support decision making and policy-making by the provincial MOEs ” (page 4).

Quality programming is based on the following principles of learning and development:

  1. the child is integral to policy and program development
  2. the family is central to a child’s development
  3. honoring the diversity of children and families is integral to equity and inclusion
  4. safe, healthy and engaging environments shape lifelong learning, development , behavior, health and well-being
  5. learning through play capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance
  6. the educator, the extended family as educator, is central to supporting learning and development through responsive and caring relationships

The document also includes the 2012 CMEC statement on play- based learning (p. 18):

  • learning  through play is supported by science
  • learning through play is supported by experts
  • learning through play is supported by children and parents,
  • when children are playing, children are learning.

Check it out!


June 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

Teaching Math to Young Children

The American What Works Clearinghouse has released an new report titled Teaching Math to Young Children. As you know the WWC reviews and evaluates different programs (some commercial products) for children and occasionally writes broader reports that bring together their findings.

Teaching Math to Young Children provides 5 recommendations for teaching math PreK-K. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks, and rates the level of supporting evidence.

Here are the 5 recommendations with level of evidence:

  1. Teach number and operations using a developmental progression. (Moderate)
  2. Teach geometry, patterns,  measurement, and data analysis using a developmental progression. (Minimal)
  3. Use monitoring to ensure that math instruction builds on what each child knows. (Minimal)
  4. Teach children to view and describe their world mathematically. (Minimal)
  5. Dedicate time each day to teaching math, and integrate math instruction throughout the day.  (Minimal)

Check it out in full!


December 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

Parent Information Sheets on EduGains

From EduGains (bolding is mine):


October 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

FDK: Full-day Kindergarten

Welcome back to school everyone! It is the end of week one, and time to catch up with new Ministry stuff … amongst many other things like classrooms, students and colleagues. 

The Ministry has been busy releasing various resources. One of the big news items this week has been a report on the benefits of full-day kindergarten. Although the full study has not been released yet, the Ministry has posted key findings, including:

“Comparisons of children with two years of FDK instruction and children with no FDK instruction showed that FDK:

    • Reduced risks in social competence development from 10.5 per cent to 5.2 per cent.
    • Reduced risks in language and cognitive development from 16.4 per cent to 4.3 per cent.
    • Reduced risks in communication skills and general knowledge development from 10.5 per cent to 5.6 per cent.”


The key findings are also available in a lovely infographic:

Check them out!


September 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

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