The beginning years in school are full of excitement and a love for learning. Once adjusted to the routines of school, students learn to love their teachers, enjoy their friends and find joy in everyday routines.
Our primary program consists of Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2. Both kindergarten programs take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays all day, every week. Staff is added as needed to ensure a low teacher-child ratio. In the event that a class size grows, educational assistants are placed with the class to ensure optimal learning. Students start school full-time in Grade 1. For parents who would like full-time school for their kindergarten-aged child, we also offer an optional Tuesday and Thursday educational program.
At the primary level, larger blocks of learning are used for interdisciplinary themes or significant topics related to social studies or science. Structuring the day in this way enhances the possibility of meaningful investigation and experience of what it means to live as a Christian in society. Other curriculum areas, such as language arts and mathematics, are then integrated into these theme-based units. Learning is done primarily through teacher instruction and learning centres. It is largely language based as letters, sounds and words become the focus.
Homework is minimal in the primary grades. It often consists of reading together at home, practicing "Word Wall words" (spelling words), and learning memory work (important Bible verses) throughout the week.
Class meetings begin in the primary years. Class meetings are a time to share information with students, to make classroom decisions together or to solve problems within the class. Class meetings provide students with the opportunity to participate in a group exchange of ideas in a respectful, caring atmosphere. During the primary years, class meetings are held informally when the need arises.
Throughout the primary years, parents and teachers work together to instill a love for learning, build a child's confidence and create work habits that will last throughout their school years.
The spiritual nurture and development of students is integrated throughout the primary child's learning. Staff and parents work to help students see that God is the source of truth and his Word stands forever. Students begin to see God's story, the Master Story, as the ultimate story, a story in which they can play a leading role. Their child-like faith is nurtured, molded and encouraged. We pray and work toward our student's growth in faith through the learning process.
As a child moves through Grades 3-5, what is learned in the primary years is expanded. Through the junior grades, students grow in their thinking skills, social relationships and levels of independence. They learn how to problem solve; they think for themselves, making decisions because it was the best choice, not because an adult made the decision for them. They see how their gifts complement those of their peers and how their talents can benefit their classroom community.
Students begin to be "Peacemakers" on the playground during this time. They learn how to solve conflicts and assist younger students in reaching resolutions. Grades 3-5 students also participate as a "reading buddy", pairing up with younger school-mates and reading together once a week (up to this point, someone else was reading to them). They start to see themselves as older and wiser and enjoy taking on greater responsibilities.
Learning is done through group projects, literature circles, book reports, or researching. It often starts as teacher directed and teacher-led, then leads into individual or group work.
Homework is an integral part of school as students get older. It may now consist of math homework, learning French words and phrases, book reports, project research, in addition to reading logs and spelling lists. Students are given agendas in Grade 4 to teach them time management and organizational skills. Homework may now be nightly, rather than weekly, and can include work not finished in class.
As in the primary years, class meetings continue to take place. Class meetings are a time to share information with students, to make classroom decisions together or to solve problems within the class. Class meetings provide students with the opportunity to participate in a group exchange of ideas in a respectful, caring atmosphere. Rather than be informal (held when the need arises), class meetings are regularly scheduled and use a more structured method.
As with the primary grades, teachers and parents continue to work together, communicating regularly and supporting each other's decisions. They continue to promote a positive attitude and a joy for learning new things.
Throughout both the primary and junior years, spiritual development continues to be the goal. Integrating faith and learning is key. One focus is learning that "God Gave Me My Story". Seeing themselves as characters in His amazing story, is foundational to growing spiritually. This focus continues throughout their elementary education. We help students to understand their role in the school, in the London community, in their churches, in the global world and in God's amazing plan for their lives. We pray and work toward our students' growth in faith through the learning process.
Moving into the middle school years, students in Grades 6-8 learn, grow and develop into unique individuals. They naturally are drawn to their areas of expertise, whether academic, physical, or social; through it all, the integration of their spiritual growth remains the focus. The middle school years are very social years. Relationships with peers and staff, as well as their social standing, are not only important, but play a significant role in their daily learning and attitudes. The goal of staff then becomes one of leading students through these relationships and providing the opportunities to make God-honouring decisions.
Each grade has a main teacher; that teacher is with them for the majority of the day. This teacher often guides learning for a longer block each day. Students' interests have broadened significantly from the early elementary grades. Interdisciplinary topics relevant to their lives maintain their interest. These units capitalize on the students' increased awareness of what is happening in society and on their need to take on additional responsibilities.
Preparation for high school becomes a larger focus throughout these years. At the intermediate level, more specialization occurs. A rotary schedule is used in which teachers with areas of specialty may teach in other classrooms. As teachers share their passion for a specific subject area, students' learning is increased.
Homework continues on a nightly basis, now also including practicing their band instrument. Students may be involved with projects, experiments, book reports and/or assignments at any time. Students continue to use agendas and learn essential time management skills. If a parent has concerns about their child?s amount of homework, they are welcome to speak with the classroom teacher.
Class meetings are a weekly occurrence in the intermediate grades. Class meetings are a time to share information with students, to make classroom decisions together or to solve problems within the class. Class meetings provide students with the opportunity to participate in a group exchange of ideas in a respectful, caring atmosphere. During these years, they are even more important as they improve and enhance the classroom atmosphere.
Teachers and parents continue to work together, communicating regularly and supporting each other's decisions. Now though, as students move through the middle school years, students play a much more active role in their education. Together, parents, students and teachers work as a team, all for the goal of a positive learning experience.
The task during these years, as in the primary and junior years, is to help students uncover God's truth that already exists in creation. It is not just integrating our faith with our learning; it is uncovering His truth for our lives. Students are guided to understand the Master Story, the Big Story of God's "I Love You Plan", delivered through His son Jesus Christ, and how we are to understand truth in creation. We pray and work toward our student's growth in faith through the learning process.