Open Air Kindergarten

About Us

Our program follows the Alberta Curriculum while incorporating enriching outdoor learning experiences. Students engage in hands-on, experiential activities that allows them to explore and learn about the natural world. Classroom instruction is enhanced by daily visits to natural areas, providing students with the opportunity to apply their learning in real world settings. Overall, this program provides a well-rounded education that allows students to develop a love of learning, a connection to the natural world, and the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school and beyond.

 

Program Foundations

1. Children who are well-prepared academically and socially at a young age perform better throughout their education. We focus on:

  • Early literacy and numeracy skills 
  • Challenging and stimulating learning practices 
  • Learning through play 
  • Hands-on and project-based learning
  • Collaboration and creativity 

2. Children exposed to the outdoors are more likely to be happier, and have more energy, increased confidence, autonomy, and self-awareness. Daily outdoor learning provides:

  • Overall wellness: mental and emotional health 
  • Social health and teamwork 
  • Physical health and movement skills
  • Resilience and risk management skills 
  • Improved focus at school 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We live in Alberta! What about Winter?
    • We have full time access to beautifully appointed indoor kindergarten classrooms when the weather isn’t cooperating. We strive towards 2 hours of additional outside time, but that changes based on the conditions of the day (could be much more or less).
  • My child doesn’t “Love” being outside, is this a good fit?
    • YES! Our certified teachers strategically design learning activities for the children in the class. This is a great way to increase your child’s comfort and enjoyment of the outdoors. Also, it’s often nice for families to know their child had plenty of active outside time during the school day.
  • Where will kids go when they are outside?
    • Our students have access to our outdoor classrooms on-site which include: forest, field, garden, gazebos, playgrounds and a pond in walking distance.

 

Options

Programs 1. Full Days, Alternating Days 2. Full Days, Every Day
Class times 8:20am - 3:00pm 8:20am - 3:00pm
Days

Monday/Wednesday & Some Fridays

OR

Tuesday/Thursday & Some Fridays

5 Days a Week - excluding PD days
(approximately 2/month)
Cost No cost at this time.
Cost set by Sturgeon Public School Division.
$320/month
$100 deposit due by June 1st, 2023
(applied towards September fees)
Limited Spots

 

Kindergarten students may be small in stature, but they’re packed with passion and potential to be anything they want in the world. Sturgeon Public Schools works hand-in-hand with parents to bring out the individual strengths of each little learner and set them on the path to a promising future.

Our Kindergarten program helps them prepare for the transition from home to school and entry into Grade 1. Children arrive from a wide range of backgrounds and various experiences. Through hands-on and interactive learning experiences, students begin to develop the skills necessary for educational success.

They also gain exposure to the greater school environment by participating in assemblies, concerts and special events, as well as on the playground.

Kindergarten students who require support have access to Speech and Language as well as Occupational Therapy services.