Early Learning Open House Events
Northern Lights elementary schools will be hosting Early Learning Open Houses on Friday, April 13 to give parents and children an opportunity to learn more about our preschool and Kindergarten programs.
“This is an exciting time of year for our elementary schools as they get ready to meet all of the young children in our communities and show them how much fun they will have learning in our preschool and Kindergarten programs,” said Board Chair Arlene Hrynyk. “We invite everyone with preschool-aged children to come meet our staff, learn about our programs, and become part of our school communities.”
Some schools are also hosting events on Thursday, April 12. A full list has been posted HERE.
FULL NEWS RELEASE: Early Learning Open Houses April 13
When is my child eligible for Kindergarten?
Children who are four years of age on or before March 1 may register in Kindergarten for the upcoming school year.
For the 2018-2019 school year, this means children born between March 2, 2013 and March 1, 2014 are eligible for Kindergarten.
How do I register?
Our schools are now taking registrations for Kindergarten! Our current Care to Learn Preschool students have been emailed information about our new online registration process and how they can register for Kindergarten using the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
If you are not currently enrolled in our preschool program, you can register in person at your local school or you can register online with our new KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION form through School Engage.
Your child’s proof of age and legal name (birth certificate or passport) and proof of your address are required to register your child in Kindergarten. The online registration form will allow you to upload that information (a photo or scan of the document is acceptable). If you plan to register in person, please bring the documentation with you and our staff will be happy to scan it for you.
To find out what Northern Lights public schools are located near you, click HERE.
You can also register at our Early Learning Open Houses being held on Friday, April 13th. Come get a tour, meet our staff and learn more about our preschool and Kindergarten programs!
Our Enhanced Kindergarten Experience
All Northern Lights elementary schools offer a full-day Kindergarten program five days a week!
Our schools provide our Kindergarten students with an Enhanced Kindergarten Experience to help prepare them for Grade 1 and a lifetime of learning.
The Government of Alberta provides school boards with funding for students to attend a half-day Kindergarten program. More information on Early Childhood Services programs is available HERE.
The curriculum provided by Alberta Education for Kindergarten focuses on seven different areas:
Early Literacy - Children learn to use language to express thoughts, feeling and experiences;
Early Numeracy - Children use their growing understanding of numbers to make sense of their world;
Environment and Community Awareness - Children use their five senses to explore the world around them;
Citizenship and Identity - Students start to learn how to be good citizens;
Personal and Social Responsibility - Children learn to work and play with others;
Physical Skills and Well-Being - Children learn to make good choices in their life;
Creative Expression - Children express feelings and ideas through music, drama and art.
The Northern Lights Enhanced Kindergarten Experience means students receive additional instruction in all areas of the Alberta curriculum. That means more time on literacy and numeracy, as well as more time learning through play. We know play is a critical component of early learning. In addition to helping children learn, it also helps children develop socially, emotionally and physically.
In Northern Lights, we also enhance learning in any areas that we identify as we deepen our knowledge of our students, their areas of strength and areas that require growth.
Not all students arrive on the first day of Kindergarten with the same knowledge, skills and abilities. One of the things that we do to determine how best to meet the needs of our students is to assess how each child is developing in an ongoing manner. This is done using a variety of methods including observations, discussions and formative and summative assessments. This allows us to tailor the learning environment to help students build on their strengths as well as learning new skills in areas that may not be as well developed.
One of the assessment tools NLSD uses is the Early Years Evaluation, also known as EYE. The evaluation is done through observing children in the learning environment.