Many experts agree that the Kindergarten years are critical for developing basic knowledge and skills, particularly reading and math skills. Young children also need to develop independence, confidence, and a curiosity to learn if they are to be successful.
Brant’s Two-Year ACADEMIC KINDERGARTEN
Brant’s Kindergarten covers both the JK and SK years. By the end of SK, most students will be beginner readers. They will have an understanding of basic math concepts, strong printing skills, and a general knowledge of the world around them, from their community to outer space.
Brant’s Kindergarten is more structured and teacher-directed than the play-based, child-directed program offered in Board schools. We find that a child-directed program does not sufficiently stretch children’s minds to ideas and subjects unfamiliar to them.
Why Parents Choose Brant’s Kindergarten Program
|ACADEMIC Program||It emphasizes learning to read, math, science, and critical-thinking skills, all important for success at school.|
|Seamless Day||Children love consistency and the same teachers all day. There is no need for Before and After School care.|
|Separate JK and SK||Teaching is more effective when we work with more homogeneous groups.|
|Emphasis on CARE||We help children with their personal needs. We provide two snacks and a healthy lunch each day. We believe that children need TLC and that each child is unique.|
|Teaching Contact Hours||Our longer days, coupled with no PA days and March Break, give us significantly more teaching contact hours over a Board program. We therefore can accomplish more and provide more individualized attention.|
|ENRICHED Curriculum||Greater teaching contact hours allow us to provide an ENRICHED curriculum, which includes French, Wiz-Tech (a STEM program), music and movement, visual arts, vocabulary development, Roots & Shoots (teaches care and compassion to animals, the environment and people), swimming lessons in SK, Montessori materials used in our Math and Life Skills programs, and Exploring the World (bringing the world to our students through the internet).|
|Adventure Playgrounds||We believe that OUTSIDE PLAY is important and have built specialized playgrounds that allow children to explore and to challenges themselves physically.|
|Affordable||If you require Before and After School Care, you will find Brant’s Kindergarten quite affordable. We often ask parents, “Can you afford to have one less latte a day?” That is all it will cost most parents when you compare actual costs between our Kindergarten and a Board program.|
Call Brant Children’s Centre for further information – 905-634-5518.
We are proud of our Kindergarten program. Our graduates over the years have done well. Each fall, I typically get two or three calls from a grade 1 teacher, saying how delighted he/she is to have one of our graduates and how well they are doing. Parents also come back to thank us for getting their child prepared for school, particularly teaching them to read, the #1 precursor for success.