What is ‘Kindergarten Gradual Entry’?

Kindergarten Gradual Entry is a developmental model of transition planning emphasizing the interconnected relationships among the child, teachers, family, peers and community that are developed across time (Pianta & Kraft-Sayre, 2003). All West Vancouver Schools embraced this approach to Kindergarten entry, effective September 2013.

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Your school will be updating you with specifics on the implementation of Kindergarten Gradual Entry later this year. Learn more about Kindergarten Gradual Entry within West Vancouver Schools.

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Full Day Kindergarten

West Vancouver Schools is pleased to offer Full Day Kindergarten in all of our primary and elementary schools.

In our Kindergarten classrooms, a dynamic, playful curriculum stimulates our youngest learners as they grow and learn. Teachers build a child-centred program that is ‘creative in form and innovative in ideas, producing children who show resilience in the face of change and can share divergent thinking about the everyday nuances that define their young lives’ (Burke, 2011).

Full Day Kindergarten offers our youngest learners an enriched learning experience designed to cater to unique developmental levels.

We look forward to working with each Kindergarten child’s family to ensure the Full Day Kindergarten experience is a positive, happy time for all students.

For more information, pease feel free to contact your child’s school or our District Principal of Early Learning.

BC Ministry of Education – Full School Day Kindergarten »

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Kindergarten Early Learning Assessment – Best Practices in WVSD

WVS is committed to ensuring our youngest learners have ample opportunities for growth and development beginning at the Kindergarten level. Academically, socially and emotionally our teachers work to ensure each child’s unique learning needs are met through a variety of individualized child-centered instructional practices.

The following assessment practices allow us to ensure that each Kindergarten child receives the best possible instructional program in our public schools;

  • 2 informal (parent-teacher interview and student-led conference) and 3 formal reporting periods (term 1, 2, and 3 report cards) focusing on your child’s individual academic and social-emotional growth and development.
  • WVS Kindergarten-Grade 1 Literacy Screener (completed in January and May of the Kindergarten year, and October of grade one).
  • WVS Kindergarten Language Development Screener (completed in the winter/spring term of the Kindergarten year).
  • EDI – Early Development Instrument: www.earlylearning.ubc.ca/edi/
  • On-going observation and use of the BC Ministry of Education performance standards for all curricular areas. Visit http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/gc.php for specific information on the Ministry of Education curriculum packages followed by all public schools in our province.

A variety of tools and strategies are used in our Kindergarten classrooms to help teachers, parents, and school administrators support children’s learning in five areas of early literacy: oral language, social responsibility, reading and viewing, writing and representing, and numeracy are used to ensure each child’s potential is recognized.

For specific information on these unique instructional and assessment practices in WVS, please contact your child’s Kindergarten teacher or school principal. Click here for school contact information.

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