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Early Learning Resources

Welcome to the Early Learning Resource centre where you will find useful information, links and much more material to support the activities of the program's key stakeholders - educators, parents and community partners. The Welcome to Kindergarten™ enrichment resources were developed with the knowledge of the significant role that play has in early childhood development and learning. These enrichment resources support early learning and the Welcome to Kindergarten™ Family Orientations.

Play is an important factor in early childhood development and learning - and the Welcome to Kindergarten resources are developed and created with this in mind. Just Playing is a ‘must share’ poem that we are proud to share with you. It illustrates just how and what children develop and learn through play. (With the permission of author and copyright owner Ms. Anita Wadley).
 

Welcome to Kindergarten for all families

Planning considerations for families whose children have special needs

 

Welcome to Kindergarten™ Key Message - Available in 26 languages

Welcome to Kindergarten™ Parent Page - Available in 28 languages

 

The following information and extension/enrichment resources are available:

   
Welcome to Kindergarten™ CD of SongsMusic and Lyrics by Bob Schneider
Children’s singer and songwriter, Bob Schneider, has recorded ten songs for the Welcome to Kindergarten program. The songs are fun, interactive and encourage children and their families to join in by singing, dancing and moving to the rhythm of the songs. Use the songs' lyrics and the activity page to make sure your kids can sing along.

Download the Welcome to Kindergarten songs:
 
Welcome to Kindergarten™ My Story Scrapbook
In this book, the story of a Welcome to Kindergarten Family Orientation is told so the child and family can revisit their experiences and then do activities together that can be shown on the scrapbook pages.

How will My Story Scrapbook enrich your WTK program?
  • The story will help families recall what happened and what they learned at their WTK Family Orientation.
  • The At Home activity suggestions reinforce the messages given at the WTK Family Orientation.
  • The scrapbook provides a place for the children and their parents/caregivers to respond to the suggested activities.
  • If children are encouraged to bring their Story Scrapbook to school for show and tell/sharing time, teachers can gather important information about the child’s early learning experiences in the home.
  Order the Welcome to Kindergarten scrapbook.

There are four building blocks that make up the foundation for reading and writing:

Reading begins with talking and listening
Children who become good readers are children who are good talkers. That is, they have a big vocabulary and are able to talk in sentences.

Stories and books are the backbone of early reading
When children listen to stories either from books or through storytelling, they come to understand such things as the beginning, middle and end. They broaden their understanding of the different ways people act and speak; they learn to predict an outcome; they learn to follow a sequence of events and pick out important details. These are some of the main skills needed for reading.

Play and language 
Children’s play is one of the most important ways children learn language. Most parents see the value in playing language games but do not realize that make-believe play is one of the most important activities for the development of language. This is not only true of listening and speaking, but for reading and writing as well. 

Reading and writing are all around
Reading and writing are everywhere in any child’s world. Seeing adults read and write in every day life helps children understand the importance of these skills in getting along in the world. Being unable to read and write is one of the biggest barriers to a successful life.


Program Evaluations and Surveys
The Learning Partnership has involved external researchers to perform impact evaluation of the Welcome to Kindergarten program on the early literacy and school readiness of children, the confidence and capability of their parents to play their support role in the preparation process, and the involvement with community partners.

Some of the reported findings:
  • Parents report learning new strategies
  • Children develop skills for self-regulation e.g. listening, sharing, taking-turns
  • Children demonstrate book handling skills
  • Families develop an increased level of trust in their school
  • Families learn about community agencies, programs and resources

Take our parents survey
 
 
For more information, contact:

John Howard
Welcome to Kindergarten
National Program Manager
416 440 5118


Special thanks to our partners:

 

TD Bank
 
 
Brandon Community Area Foundation
 
 
Conifex
 
 
McCain
 
 
The Winnipeg Foundation
 
 
The Thomas Sill Foundation