Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) offers both Junior and Senior Kindergarten programs, where our youngest students discover how to learn co-operatively with others. At this age, play is an important way of learning. As children play, they are learning about the world and how it works, about other people, and about themselves.
It is our shared responsibility to ensure that your child’s first school experience will be remembered fondly. We wish you and your child a warm welcome and a future of exciting learning experiences.
To find out which school your child will attend based on your home address, use our School Locator. All contact information for our elementary schools can be found in our School Directory. Each school’s page provides the name of the school’s principal and trustee, school address and contact info, the start and end times, which bus zone the school is in, how to get to the school, and much more!
Registration for new Kindergarten students occurs in January to February but parents are welcome to register their children at any time of the year.
Please register your child online by going to https://ereg.tldsb.ca/. You will then be contacted directly by your child’s school to complete the registration process.
For those who do not have access to internet, please contact your child’s school directly to register your child.
To register your child in Kindergarten, please have the following items ready:
French Immersion programs are offered at the following schools:
Haliburton: Stuart W. Baker Elementary School and J.D. Hodgson Elementary School
Muskoka: Monck Public School and Riverside Public School
City of Kawartha Lakes: Leslie Frost Public School
Although the French Immersion program does not begin until Grade 1, potential French Immersion students may register at their local school for Junior Kindergarten (JK)/Senior Kindergarten (SK) or they may register for JK/SK at the French Immersion school in their area. After March 31, registration of out-of-area JK students at French Immersion schools will only be permitted if space is available.
You are your child’s first educator, and are still the source of much of their learning. We encourage you to communicate with the classroom educators, to offer useful information and to ask relevant questions about your child’s progress. Knowing the expectations – skills and knowledge – of the Kindergarten Program will help you to understand the assessment of your child’s learning. You and the educators will be working together to improve your child’s progress throughout the year.
Note: Reading with your child each day has been proven in research to have an impact on future academic success.
The Kindergarten Program encourages students to experience learning that is developmentally appropriate and offered in many different ways. Educators will take advantage of both indoor and outdoor spaces to engage children in carefully planned lessons, and offer opportunities for them to explore and apply their growing skills in playful ways.
Children will investigate letters, sounds and words as well as numbers and quantities and use that growing knowledge to unlock beginning reading and writing skills and to begin to see themselves as young mathematicians. Stories, songs, dramatic play, creative expression and space to follow curiosity make Kindergarten classrooms an exciting place to learn and grow.
Your child will have the opportunity to work with their educators and peers in whole group and small group settings, as well as one-on-one. Although there are times when children are expected to sit quietly and listen, most of the time Kindergarten classes are filled with sound and activity.
The Kindergarten Program is organized into 4 frames:
Belonging and Contributing: which encourages children to build positive self image and to see themselves and others as valuable members of a learning community. This frame helps students learn to add their ideas to the group and accept the ideas of others.
Self-regulation and Well-Being: which supports children in becoming attuned to their own feelings, thinking, and physical and mental wellness as well as those of their peers. This frame helps children build strategies to support them in getting ready to learn.
Problem solving and Innovating: which fosters children’s curiosity and encourages them to question, investigate, create, and test theories as they look closely at the world around them. This frame supports development of these skills in social situations as well as in creative and scientific explorations.
Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematical Behaviours: which provides opportunities for children to explore how letters, sounds, numbers, and other math and literacy concepts work to help them communicate and describe things they experience. This frame supports students in seeing themselves as young readers, writers, communicators and mathematicians.
All of the expectations in the Kindergarten Program are woven through these frames offering your child exciting ways to learn and practice new skills both socially and academically. Your child’s progress and growth in learning will be communicated to you through these frames.
Listening is a complex skill but an important one that leads to deep understanding. Help your child to recognize and practice the steps involved in listening:
Play is your child’s homework! Watch your child at play; your observations will give you insight into how they prefer to learn. All play – in fact, anything your child is doing – can be a learning experience. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of these opportunities:
Your child’s educators will be continuously assessing your child’s progress and will keep you informed. The most important method is through observation – watching and talking with your child. Your child’s educators will use many strategies to assess your child’s learning such as small tasks, assignments and activities. Each strategy gives the educators another part of the picture about how and what your child is learning.
Each child develops in their own way. Young children go through many stages as they grow and learn. One of the things your child’s educators will be considering as part of the assessment is your child’s stage of development. That’s important information to help the educators plan a learning program suited to your child’s needs.
The Ontario Kindergarten Program consists of overall and specific expectations and key understandings that children should develop over two years. These learning expectations represent the first steps in a continuum of programming from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
More information is available at the Ministry of Education website.
View the online parent/guardian Kindergarten registration package, which includes: