Explore Our Programs

 

Requirements for Prep class:

Toilet Trained and 3 years old by December 31st of the program year.


Program year: 

September - June

Late registrants are accepted based on availability. 

Requirement for Scholars class:

Toilet Trained and 4 years old by December 31st of the program year. 


Program year:

September - June

Late registrants are accepted based on availability.

Toilet Trained and 3-6 years old when class begins

Prevent summer learning loss with weekly sessions:

July & August


 
 
 
Sample Classroom Routine

  • 9:00-9:20: Circle Time (Calendar activities, letter and number lesson and review)
  • 9:20-9:40: Table Time Activity*
  • 9:40-10:00: Circle Time (Story, lesson on monthly theme)
  • 10:00-10:25: Table Time Activity*
  • 10:25-10:35: Snack Time
  • 10:35-11:10: Centre Time (Structured Play)*
  • 11:10-11:15: Library book exchange, Clean up and dismissal


* Table time activities include: hands-on learning activities involving manipulative's (ie. counting cubes, pattern blocks, letter cards); printing practice on paper, mini white boards, and with sensory materials; art and craft activities; traditional paper and pencil work.


**Centre time is a time for students to engage in structured play.  Some of the activities are:

Puzzles, Paint Easels, Blocks, Puppet Theater, Sandbox, Concept based games

Centre Time also allows the teachers to work one-on-one with your child

 

Literacy Curriculum

Proven research-based methodologies combined with over 20 years of real world experience

Literacy (both oral and written language) is the main focus of our program and is a part of all activities throughout the day.  We include phonics, rhyming, segmenting and blending, concepts of print, oral comprehension and vocabulary, questioning strategies, sequencing, predicting, and storytelling.


Our Literacy library boasts over 300 books for each classroom. Rifling through pages at first, and later piecing together words and pouring over pages, reading is the very basis for the skills your child needs for success in school. We also have a lending library, named the “Library Book Exchange” for your child to borrow books to take home.  They love this!


By the end of our Program, your child will be more successful developmentally and academically. Your child will have learned all of the skills necessary to succeed.

Thoughtful and Purposeful Approach

Our approach is guided by reseach-based methodologies to ensure success

In order to help children understand letter-sound relationships, we begin modeling reading and writing on the first day.  Our morning message is one way we invite students to see, hear and touch letters which create words.  By creating a repetitive morning message, students come into the classroom excited to read the message of the day.  It becomes a familiar routine which gives them confidence in their learning abilities.  The morning message is used to show directionality of print, highlight the letter of the day, review previously learned letter sounds, introduce students to high frequency words, introduce punctuation, as well as differentiate between a letter, a word, and a sentence.  It is possible for your child to read the morning message independently by the end of the month.  What an accomplishment!

At JumpStart, we do not focus on memorization techniques.  Studies have found that memorization is not an effective way to learn since focusing on memorization ignores the underlying concepts needed to develop successful problem solving skills.  For example, we do not teach the alphabet song as many students can memorize and sing the song but do not understand that each sound they say is a letter, each with its distinct language properties.  Often, ‘l-m-n-o-p’ sounds like one long sound like 'elamenohpee' where individual letter sounds are masked by one long sound. Understanding the unique letter sounds is a key learning principle that children at a young age can easily grasp with the proper instruction from a qualified professional.  Our focus is on letter sounds and understanding that each sound is represented by a letter which, when put together, creates a word.   Young children are excited to learn new things, and absorb information like little sponges when provided with opportunities to do so!

We also do not teach the alphabet letters in order but rather in a way that scaffolds their printing skills. We use a technique created by Alberta Health Services that provides students with an effective way of learning to print letters correctly while learning their sounds simultaneously. These approaches equip your child with the skills needed to ensure educational success when entering school.

Students engage in our 'Play with Purpose' Philosophy.  Instead of 'free play' we provide teacher-led structured play.  Children rotate through educational play centres that are designed to reinforce concepts covered in class and to keep learning fun and engaging! 
 
 

Parent Volunteer Hours are NOT Required

We are a Licensed Child Care Provider, so our fees are tax deductible! 

Subsidy from the Government of Alberta is also available: