Kindergarten establishes the concepts and vocabulary that are essential for continued success in school. Kindergarten helps children grow emotionally and socially, and students develop physical coordination, and perceptual skills. Kindergarten focuses on learning through play and experiences.
Kindergarten provides concrete (hands on) experiences to help children learn. Students enjoy special guests, in-class presentations and field trips.
Kindergarten encourages healthy relationships building. Teachers coach children in understanding and valuing themselves as positive friends and capable learners.
Our program focuses on literacy and numeracy skills, and these skills are intergrated into all subject areas.
Assessment for learning strategies are used to involve students in the learning process. Criteria is set and students have a clear understanding of the expectations for each learning task. Assessment for learning allows students to self assess their work and feedback is given from the teacher and peers along the learning journey. Goal setting is a key strategy for success.
Differientated instruction meets the needs of individual students and their unique learning styles. It is inclusive of many strategies and techniques. Differentiated instruction is flexible and constantly changing to meet existing needs. Based on this theory, teachers structure learning environments that address the variety of learning styles, interests, and abilities found within the classroom.
Inquiry and hands on learning provide students with meaningful learning opportunities. Students learn by asking questions and thinking of big ideas.
French as a Second Language
Students in grades four, five and six receive weekly French instruction. The French curriculum is based on the guidelines provided by Alberta Education.
Students grade 1 to 6 receive ninety minutes of music each week. Music learning activities include the following: singing, learning of musical elements, reading and writing music, memory work, inner hearing, listening, part-work, improvisation, movement, and playing instruments. Kindergarten receives weekly music.
Food for Thought
We are fortunate to be part of the Food for Thought Program. Healthy items are provided to Ormsby School to provide lunches and snacks for our students.
Leader In Me
Ormsby School implements The Leader in Me program. This leadership model is based on Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The Leader in Me life principles are integrated into our school’s core curriculum and everyday language.
Ormsby School has achieved positive results through this program. Students meet in Family Groupings monthly to learn about the 7 Habits.
• Students develop skills and self-confidence to become leaders
• Improved academic achievement
• Raised levels of accountability and engagement in students, parents and staff
Ormsby is inspiring greatness, one child at a time.
Check out the Leader in Me website at http://wow.theleaderinme.org/
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Habit 1: Be Proactive
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision and look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
I spend my time on things that are most important. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for alternatives.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas.
Habit 6: Synergize
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us alone.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends.
Language Arts Program
Our strong Language Arts Program is key to our student success at Ormsby.
Our program includes:
- daily writing
- daily guided reading
- daily word work including weekly spelling
- shared reading
- read aloud
Ormsby has a strong Home Reading program with quality leveled books. Each month students work towards achieving the monthly Home Reading goal. Student success is celebrated and students receive a reward for reading.