Wesley Christian Academy follows a thorough, structured and Christ-centered program that enables students to learn in a consistent, meaningful and purposeful environment. Our curriculum often exceeds the Ontario expectation and develops learners with critical thinking skills and practical experience.
Our programs are sensitive to the children’s learning needs and development and are organized around the four foundations (Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, Expression) set out in the Ministry of Education’s document, How Does Learning Happen?(Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years).
We see children as competent, capable, curious and rich in potential. This critical view of children allows us to value and build on our students’ strengths and abilities. This understanding is essential in shaping the different aspects of our early years programs.
The Pre- Kindergarten program promotes learning as an enjoyable experience for each child. Developing skills in all areas of learning is paramount. Therefore, daily activities are planned and implemented to foster growth in social development, language skills, cognitive skills, and physical development.
Our Pre- Kindergarten program offers an enriched academic curriculum in Language Arts, Mathematics and Bible using verses, songs, and various forms of visual aids. In the Language Arts, students are taught to recognize the name, sound and picture of short vowels and consonants. They are instructed on the formation of vowels and consonants in upper and lower case. There is also emphasis on language development and listening skills. In mathematics, students are taught simple counting from 1-30 and number concepts from 1-15. Study of the Bible comes in the form of choruses, lessons and memory verses.
In addition to the academic curriculum, children are encouraged to explore through indoor and outdoor play, giving them the opportunity to problem solve, develop language, small and large motor skills and to have fun.
The children are also introduced to the world around them through the use of weekly themes. Science, arts and crafts, sensory activities and the occasional field trip, reinforce the theme concept.
Ultimately, our goal is to cultivate authentic, caring relationships and connections to create a sense of belonging among and between children and the world around them.
As our children continue their learning adventures, we strive to provide environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative and meaningful exploration, play and inquiry, even at an early age.
Academically, in Junior Kindergarten, students learn to master vowels and consonants through visual aids and hands on learning games and activities. As a result, children are able to form blends and read simple words quickly. Worksheets are completed daily and complement the lesson. Students are placed in small reading circles based on their individual reading levels and they are taught to read with expression and self-confidence. In Math, students learn to recognize and understand number concepts. They are introduced to simple addition and subtraction, patterning, measurement and money. Teachers use a variety of visual aids to reinforce each concept.
Building on the foundation of Junior Kindergarten, we continue to develop the students’ skills and prepare them for Grade 1. Our program has a strong language foundation consisting of phonics, writing and reading. Hands on math activities give students the opportunity to engage in daily application and problem solving skills. Independent work is encouraged, allowing students to understand responsibility and accountability. Partnering with families, we introduce monthly projects, Bible verse memorization and other fun activities. In science, children have the opportunity to enjoy new and exciting events such as the chick hatching program, responsibilities for caring for the school garden, and growing butterflies right within the classroom. Mandarin time as well as French time, allow students to build a strong foundation in different languages.
In both the JK and SK classes, there are a variety of Science and Technology activities that allow students to engage in experiments and to observe, predict and graph their findings. The use of computers in the classroom also complements the learning. In the Arts, music and movement are a part of the daily curriculum. On a monthly basis, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their drama, poetry and puppetry skills. Musical instruments are often used to ignite creativity as well.
The SK programs set to nurture children’s healthy development and support their growing sense of self. Through the variety of learning activities, children are inspired to express themselves in different ways and their unique potential is recognized and encouraged to blossom beyond their early years.