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Our Early Learning Program

Children's ways of thinking involve the imagination, emotion, and community, and should play the entire symbolic range. Learning should be an adventure.

Our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are our youngest cohort of IB learners, taking their first steps in the Meadowridge IB Continuum of Learning.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a transdisciplinary program designed to foster the development of the whole child, and our early learners do so while in a nurturing, stimulating, and developmentally-appropriate environment.

Students Don’t Just Learn, They Learn How to Learn

Students learn about significant concepts (or, big ideas) through units of inquiry; and, while exploring the unit’s central idea, students learn specific elements from the core subjects – language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, french, physical education, art, and music – and form their own connections between what they are learning and how it relates to the world around them.

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Early Learners Develop Independence, Responsibility, Self-Confidence, Creativity, & Initiative

Students in the Early Learning Program thrive in a curricular framework that is challenging, while also being provided a safe and supportive environment to learn and grow. At Meadowridge, we build on what students have learned and challenge each student to reach their full potential by focusing on specific areas of development:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional and Social
  • Artistic and Aesthetic
  • Social Responsibility

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.