At the Junior Kindergarten (JK) and Senior Kindergarten (SK) levels, children attend our French immersion programme full-time. Their ability to communicate with French written and oral skills blossoms as they expand on counting skills and learn to measure, classify and write. Imagination and sensitivity develops through their enjoyment of songs, poems and dances. The foundations are built for their future academic success.
Although the majority of children at The Giles School do not come from French speaking families, students attain native-like fluency in French by Grade 3 without the assistance of bilingual parents. Does this strong French focus hamper progress in English? On the contrary, with a solid second language foundation, students go on to display improved academic performance in all subjects including English.
JK and SK students enjoy morning and afternoon snacks and recesses. The children also have “quiet time” after lunch, which they may use to nap or to participate in quiet activity.
Children entering JK must be toilet trained.
The east-wing of our school’s first floor is dedicated to JK and SK Preschool classes. Preschool students inhabit a tight-knit community in which they have easy access to bathrooms and are not required to negotiate potentially daunting stairs or much older students. Children are extremely comfortable in large classrooms with plenty of room to learn, grow and play with friends.
At the JK and SK levels students venture on class trips tailored to enhance The Giles School curriculum. The children may enjoy expeditions to local farms, The Toronto Zoo, The Living Arts Centre and many others. Trips can also include museum exhibits, gallery shows, sporting events and cultural and community theatre. In addition, JK and SK students participate in various special in-class workshops featuring guest instructors from our teaching community that enhance and solidify our educational programme.
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80 Scarsdale Road, York Mills, Toronto, Ontario M3B 2R7
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