The ECD is dedicated to providing a safe and inviting environment where children’s natural interest and joy in learning is nurtured. The main work is in literacy and numeracy taught through high-interest topics. Language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are taught and practiced in hands-on units related to social studies and science themes.
The main focus is still the development of literacy and mathematical skills, and social studies and science become more prominent in the year’s program. Teachers continue to integrate language arts with designated social studies and science concepts as much as possible, to increase relevance and excitement for learning. The librarian and computer teachers meet regularly with the classroom teacher to plan broad-based, media-enriched study units.
The team’s objective is to identify and meet individual needs through one of several intervention options. These include planning with the classroom teacher to differentiate instruction for more advanced or struggling learners, pullout groups for ESOL or Learning Support, “inclusion support” during Language Arts where the specialist works with students and teachers in the classroom.