WHAT IS FDK? 
1.  WHAT IS PLAY-BASED INQUIRY LEARNING?
It has long been acknowledged that there is strong link between play and learning for young children, especially in the areas of problem solving, language acquisition, literacy, numeracy, as well as social, physical, and emotional skills.

Young children actively explore their environment and the world around them through a process of learning-based play. When children are manipulating object, acting out roles, or experimenting with various materials, they are engaged in learning through play. Both child-initiated free play and more structured play-based learning opportunities are integral parts of the early learning classroom.

Children are offered choices of learning activities that reflect their developmental stages. The learning activities are de-signed by the Kindergarten Team which consists of an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) and also an Early Childhood Educator (ECE). They work together to encourage the children to think creatively, to explore and investigate, to solve problems and engage in the inquiry process, and to share their learning with others. 

(From the Ministry of Education Full-Day Learning Kindergarten Curriculum, 2010-11)

For more information about the latest research on Full Day Kindergarten, click on the following link: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/kindergarten/index.html


2. FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN: A QUESTION AND ANSWER GUIDE FOR PARENTS
Click on the following link for viewing the guide: http://settlement.org/ontario/education/elementary-and-secondary-school/general-information/full-day-kindergarten-a-question-and-answer-guide-for-parents/

This guide answers some of the questions you may have about full-day kindergarten and how it could help your child. There is also a description of the different ways children can learn by playing.


3. IS MY CHILD READY FOR SCHOOL?
Consider the following areas when thinking about your child’s readiness for school. Is your child doing the following things? How are you helping?

Area of development

My child

I help by…

 

Health/ well-being

 

Is developing daily living skills, including wash-room   independence

 

Teaching my child to take responsibility for personal   hygiene, dressing and tidying up

 

Social

 

Is able to cooperate and play with 1-2 children of similar age

 

Guiding my child through play times by, for ex-ample, suggesting ways of sharing toys

 

Emotional

 

Is developing the ability to cope with small challenges 

 

Supporting him or her in taking small “risks” (e.g. learning to ride a bike)

 

Communication

& general knowledge

 

Is able to communicate own needs and understands others

 

Talking with my child about topics of interest to him /her

(e.g. animals, bugs, special events)

 

Language & thinking skills

 

Has favourite songs, rhymes

and books

Enjoys solving riddles and play-ing games

 

Singing rhymes, chants and talking about the stories and books we read

Playing games (e.g. “I Spy”

For more information regarding your child starting Kindergarten, visit the Halton District School Board website: http://www.hdsb.ca/Programs/KindergartenProgram/Pages/startingkindergarten.aspx


4.  PARENTS AS PARTNERS
A very valuable resource to help you support your child’s education. It includes articles and videos from former TVOParents.com 

Curriculum Supports:

     - https://www.teachontario.ca/community/explore/parents-as-partners/early-learners

Well-being:

     - https://www.teachontario.ca/community/explore/parents-as-partners/early-learners-well-being