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Kindergarten

Virtual Kindergarten Information Evening

Given the restrictions on school visitation due to COVID 19, we were not able to host our traditional Kindergarten Open House for prospective families this year. If you missed our Virtual Kindergarten Open House on February 3rd, please watch the short video posted below, and feel free to call the school and speak with anybody from our administration team with any questions that you may have. We are keeping our fingers crossed that by late spring we may be able to start welcoming visitors for school tours again, and possibly be able to run our traditional Kindergarten Test Drive in May or June. 

Check out this video to meet our Kindergarten teachers and see what a day in Kindergarten looks like!
View our school brochure here.

Kindergarten at Muriel Martin

At Muriel Martin, we offer English and French Immersion Kindergarten, with both full and half day programming available in each language. For full day programming, students attend in their target language of instruction all day (not half of their day with one teacher in one language and the second half with a different teacher in the other language). For half day, we endeavour to provide morning and afternoon options, pending family interest and registration.

At present, we have four amazing Kindergarten teachers, two in English and two in French. All four classrooms are in one pod of the school, each with their own bathrooms, a common learning nook, and a shared Kinder kitchen.

Full day Kindergarten students have just over an hour long break in the middle of the day. For the first half of their break, they go outside for recess to play. The playground is otherwise empty at that time of day, so they’re not competing with the older students for access to the play structures or fields. During the second half of the break, they eat their lunches in their classrooms.

Detailed information regarding the school calendar, bell schedules, and Kindergarten fees can all be found under the Information tab on the website’s home page.

Transportation and Daycare

School bus transportation continues to be available for Kindergarten students, including mid-day pick up and drop off, for those families who live in our catchment area and qualify per the distance from school rules. Please contact district office at (780) 460-3712 if you have questions about transportation eligibility. Some of the daycares in St. Albert will also transport students to and from the school. Muriel Martin has a SIGIS daycare that operates from our school, offering before and after school care, as well as during school care for half day Kindergarten students.

Registration

We are now accepting registrations for September 2021. Please be advised that students must turn five years old by December 31, 2021, to be eligible to attend Kindergarten. We accept registration requests from families who live outside our catchment area, and will confirm acceptance with those families based on the availability of space and resources. Please find the digital registration page below, and don’t hesitate to call the office and speak with Karen Balog or Sharon Johnson should you need further assistance.

Click here to access the online registration portal

 

What do children learn in Kindergarten?

Early childhood is a significant period in human development. It is the time when children begin to develop and learn independence, decision-making abilities, creativity, early literacy and numeracy, socialization, verbal communication skills and feelings of self-worth! What young children learn at this stage will have a major impact on successful learning experiences in school, on personal development and on future participation in society.

How do young children learn at Muriel Martin?

  • Young children are naturally curious and eager to learn. They are active learners who learn through a variety of means.
  • Purposeful play is an important way that children learn.
  • Educators and psychologists refer to play as the serious work of childhood.
  • Children at play are highly motivated and capable of intense concentration.

In our Kindergarten classes, we strive to meet the needs of the individual, while providing many small group and larger group learning opportunities, preparing children for the challenges and experiences in their next 12 years of education.

Preparing your child for Kindergarten

  1. Check your child’s health.
    • Is his/her eyesight good?
    • Does your child hear normally with both ears?
    • Is your child eating a healthy diet?
    • Is your child getting enough sleep?
  2. Bring routine and predictability into his/her daily life. Establish regular bedtime routines and hours.
  3. Allow your child to try things – experiment, encourage with patience and praise. This will help to give your child confidence to tackle new things at school.
  4. Arrange challenges for your child which he/she is able to meet – he/she needs to experience success.
  5. Give your child the opportunity to organize his/her life and give your child responsibilities at home. Allow him/her to take responsibility for dressing.
  6. Encourage your child to be independent and curious. Ensure that your child has spent time away from you in order to make his/her transition
    into Kindergarten easier.
  7. Encourage his/her play time – play extends your child’s knowledge of the world and how it works; shows him/her cause and effect; allows him/her to experience comparison; illustrates the benefit of trial and error; and shows the give and take of relationships with other people. Children learn in play how to manipulate their environment and test their growing skills – physical, intellectual, social – against the many demands of their environment. 
  8. Help your child develop listening skills.
  9. Teach your child, by your own example, how to deal with difficult situations and how to overcome problems. Talk about a problem you faced at work and how you solved it. Let your child hear you “think out loud” as you solve a problem in your home.
  10. Teach your child his/her full name, name of town/city where you live, how to follow directions, to identify colours, shapes, numbers and letter names.
  11. Spend time with your child – read to him/her, make a point of eating together at the table each night. Be there when your child wants to talk. Play games; limit television and the use of video games.
  12. Do arts and crafts – provide opportunities for your child to use scissors, markers and crayons.
  13. Give your child a proficiency in languages – read aloud, tell stories, take your child on excursions and talk about what you see, talk
    about language of the arts (music, rhythm, dance, drawing, poetry). Surround your child with books. Go to the library.
  14. Praise your child's efforts, as well as accomplishments. Make your child feel important.
  15. Be positive and enthusiastic about the Kindergarten experience. 
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