School District No. 48 (Sea to Sky) is pleased to offer Full Day Kindergarten to families across the district. Full Day Kindergarten offers a dynamic and well-supported learning environment in which students are encouraged to learn through play at their own unique development levels. Some defining features of our program include:
- Gradual Entry: Gradual entry is where new kindergarten children attend class in small groups or for shortened days in early September. Every school will have their own preferred process for gradual entry. Contact your child’s school and inquire about their process.
- Kindergarten Grade 1 Combination Class: Teachers apply the principles of learning and developmentally appropriate practices to meet the needs of diverse learners. (learn more on p.12 Full Day Kindergarten document)
- Aboriginal Education: Aboriginal Education is integrated in our classrooms.
- English as a Second Language: The language-rich environment in Kindergarten provides opportunities for all children’s language development. In some cases additional support is needed.
- Special Needs: School teams support every child’s learning based on individual needs.
Competencies & Pathways
Knowing precisely what a student will need to be successful in the future will always be a mystery. However, we do know there are key competencies that will prepare any person to respond and adjust with flexibility and confidence during life’s journey. In order to support our students with this development, our district is encouraging a focus on higher order skills through a healthy, balanced approach. Our Pathways to Learning describe the pedagogical or instructional strategies that will lead to higher order skill development for our students, including those entering Kindergarten.
What does self-regulation look like in SD48 classrooms? Amidst their daily routine, students are learning to cope with complex challenges in a nurturing environment where their success is championed by supportive teachers. Please find below a list of some of the ways teachers can measure a student’s ability to self-regulate.
- waiting for a turn
- taking safe physical risks
- managing powerful emotions
- remembering on purpose
- paying attention even when it’s hard
- getting along with others
- using a number of strategies to reach a goal
- being interested and curious
- planning ahead and planning with others
- sharing ideas and solving problems with others
- struggling through the hard parts to learn something new
- using language to resolve conflict
Interested in learning more? Please click here to read about self-regulation as an early-learning initiative being put forth in school districts across the country. If you have questions or concerns about self-regulation, please contact your school principal.
“Teachers play a central role in enhancing children’s development and learning. Teachers are intentional in everything they do. They create supportive learning environments, design and implement learning experiences and activities that engage children, and provide instruction and other kinds of support so that students become successful independent and interdependent learners.”
BC Full Day Kindergarten Guide
Our teachers play a vital role in creating a safe, collaborative and engaging learning environment for all Kindergarten students. Our teachers are kind and approachable; we encourage you to connect with your child’s teacher throughout the course of the school year to discuss your child’s learn.
Look in your local paper or visit your neighbourhood school for specific dates and times, usually January-February.
Please bring: important phone numbers (doctor & dentist tel. #, emergency contact information, Birth Certificate, proof of address, immigration papers (if applicable), Care Card, court documentation (if applicable).
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I connect with the community?
Attend community events and connect with organizations such as:
- Ready, Set, Learn
- Putting Children First Initiative
- Sea to Sky Community Services Programs
- Strong Start
- Squamish Public Library
- Whistler Public Library
- Pemberton Public Library
- Health Fairs
- Community Centers
What can I do to help prepare my child for Kindergarten?
Every child is unique. There is no single definition of school readiness. Visit your potential school and have an open conversation about your child and future school.
Things you can do to get ready:
- Sing songs
- Walk and talk
- Read stories
- Count everything
- Share, trade and take turns
A section for resource links – coming soon.