Our Bilingual Preschool Program
AGES 3 & 4 YEARS OLD
The bilingual preschool program is a two-year program, providing your child with a truly bilingual learning environment (50% in English – 50% in French). Language skills in both English and French are developed and nurtured in the classroom by two teachers, with one English-speaking teacher and one French-speaking teacher.
English and French become a part of their everyday life through age-appropriate activities, learning experiences, and structured and unstructured play that contribute to their physical, social, intellectual and emotional environment.
It is the presumption that children in our Bilingual Preschool Program will continue to Kindergarten in our Bilingual Primary Program.
The British Columbia Early Learning Framework
The ECB-CBS Preschool Program for children ages 3 to 5 years old has adopted the British Colombia Early Learning Framework.
Early learning – from birth to age 8 – sets the foundation for lifelong learning offering a wide range of quality experiences that can help children become their best – physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally.
The Areas of Early Learning
The British Columbia Early Learning Framework outlines four (4) areas of Early Learning:
Well-being and Belonging
A sense of well-being and belonging is vital to children as they learn about and explore the world around them.
Exploration and Creativity
The capacity to explore and create is vital to nurturing the zest for life that is the basis of all learning.
Languages and Literacies
The development of languages and literacies among young children provides them with a strong basis for successful learning throughout their lifetime.
Social Responsibility and Diversity
Children’s learning experiences in the early years have long-term implications for their whole lives, and also for the future of their local, provincial, national and international communities, and the planet as a whole.
By providing children with rich experiences in these four areas, children can develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are the foundation for lifelong learning in a complex and changing society.
The British Columbia Early Learning Framework recognizes that, while all children should have equal access to rich early learning experiences, no two children are the same. Each brings a wealth of individual, social, cultural, linguistic, and ethnic characteristics to their learning. These differences enrich their own early learning and that of other children.
Our Curriculum Learning Goals
To promote a sense of well-being and belonging, our school provides an environment where your child can:
Feel safe and respected
Learn ways to keep
Enjoy being and choose to be physically active
Understand and follow routines
Feel a sense of security,
self-respect, and self regulation
Express a sense of
Recognize, accept and express a wide range of emotions, thoughts and ideas
Adapt and enjoy experiences of change, surprise and uncertainty
Feel valued and explore their own strategies for learning
Build healthy relationships with both adults and children
To promote exploration and creativity, our school provides an environment where your child can:
Explore the world using their bodies and all of their senses
Build, create and design using different materials and techniques
Actively explore, think and reason
Identify and try possible solutions to problems in meaningful contexts and situations
Be creative and expressive in a variety of ways
Develop a sense of wonder for natural environments
Express a zest for living and learning
To promote the development of languages and literacies, our school provides an environment where your child can:
Communicate thoughts and experiences creatively using many different forms of expression
Develop diverse language abilities and the capacity to communicate with others in many ways
Be curious about vocabulary, concepts, and written language
Engage in sound and word play
Use numbers, measurement, and form in meaningful contexts
Experience the stories and symbols of their own and other cultures
Express their own points of view and reflect on others’ views
To promote social responsibility and respect for diversity, Our school provides an environment where your child can:
Explore and learn about family, community and the wider world
Express a positive regard for others and respect for self, others, and property
Participate in the making, following, and re-working of rules, rituals, and procedures in their everyday world
Understand fairness both for themselves and others
Begin to recognize discrimination and inequity and to respond appropriately
Learn to appreciate and celebrate diversity
Understand that all persons have value
Accept and welcome individual differences
Understand how their own actions may affect nature and the planet
Show responsibility for themselves and begin to show responsibility for others