True North School – Kindergarten cultivates creative thinking, curiosity, and a love for learning for ages 18 months to 5 years old. Our faculty aims to develop children’s integrity and resilience to help each child become confident, and a self-directed learner for an ever-changing world.
The infinite ways that children can express, explore, and connect their thoughts, feelings and imagination.
The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education views young children as individuals who are curious about their world and have the powerful potential to learn from all that surrounds them.
At True North School, the Kindergarten Program (ages 18 months – 5 years):
Children express themselves through many “languages,” or modes of expression, including words, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, shadow play, collage, and music.
The hundred languages represent the infinite amount of potential each child naturally has and each child’s individual view and take of their community. As is widely accepted by educators and supported in research, children learn in a variety of ways. This knowledge is the reason why providing different means for learning and exploring is critical in the educational journey.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy values the child as central to their own learning, not simply an empty vessel waiting to be filled with knowledge.
The approach inspires the child to explore the world in their own unique way, and encourages self-expression, communication, logical thinking, and problem-solving.
A Reggio-inspired environment is often referred to as ‘the third teacher’. It enables uninterrupted exploration, play, and learning.
Spaces in and outside classroom are equally valued as formal classrooms, and the design of the spaces allow children to move freely between the two.
Teachers are encouraged to observe children rather than to direct them. It is important that children are allowed to experiment in their own way, make mistakes and find new solutions. Teachers carefully observe the child to understand their interests, strengths and talents, following a documentation recording of the learning journey.
The role of the teacher moves students toward areas of interest by facilitating activities and asking questions to stimulate the child’s curiosity.