Edelweiss Preparatory School

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  • Edelweiss Preparatory School is licensed through Alberta Children’s Services.
  • Edelweiss Preparatory School is a member of the Association of Independant Schools and Colleges in Alberta.
  • Edelweiss Preparatory School is a member of the Early Childhood Education Council of Alberta.
  • Edelweiss Preparatory School is a member of the Canadian Association of Young Children.
  • All Edelweiss teachers hold membership in the Southern Alberta Preschool Teacher’s Association.

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Our educational curriculum for all classes includes: Science, Math, Language Arts, Art, Monthly Virtues program, Monthly Environmental Awareness program, Spanish, Sensorial experiences, Social skills, Drama, Dance, Music and Physical Education. The goal of the curriculum is to provide understanding and engagement in the joy of learning. The Edelweiss team use their knowledge of child development and the philosophy of the school as guiding principles in developing curriculum.The Edelweiss classroom is designed to stimulate the child’s cognitive, creative, and social development. Each child is encouraged to develop a healthy attitude toward living and learning. This is accomplished through creative activities and self-directed exploration of materials within a caring environment. Each teacher accepts responsibility for balancing social, psychological and emotional growth with academic learning. The curriculum respects the family, cultural and racial diversity which is valued at Edelweiss Preparatory School.

Here are some of the benefits that our program offers:

  • One-way observation windows for parents.
  • Children receive the benefits of rotating between rooms with their teachers and peers daily.
  • Excellent resources allow our Early Childhood Centres to be changed weekly.

Children are given the opportunity to:

  • choose from a number of available activities
  • participate in both large and small group activities.

Centres are used to provide children with materials for creative play.

Field trips enrich experience and stimulate learning. The Preschool children go on one trip in the Spring, the 2 day JrK go on 2 field trips; The 3 Day Jr K go on 3 trips and the 5 day JrK/Kindergarten children go on 5 field trips throughout the school year. Parent volunteers are welcome on field trips as long as they hold a valid Calgary Police Record check.

We can offer a diverse program because of the small class sizes and a highly qualified staff.

*Activity Goals

Multicultural Focus

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At Edelweiss, we feel that as our country moves toward becoming an increasingly global village, that children should be prepared to deal with those different cultures. In an effort to understand and communicate more effectively with one another, in our 5 Day Jr Kindergarten we have special presentations from a visitor of another culture or country. The children hear music from that culture, taste food, listen to a folktale and see artifacts and ethnic clothing as well as much more.

Prior to the special guest coming, the children all learn a song or a few words to say to the presenter in their native language. This is a wonderful way to introduce children to other cultures and hopefully reduce prejudice while increasing awareness.

A.I.S.I. Project

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The Alberta Initiative for School Improvements gives funding to schools (Kindergarten) for special projects of the school’s choosing to enhance student learning.

Our 2006-2009 A.I.S.I. Project was a Fine Arts program where we had an Artist of the Month come in and teach the children various forms of art using a variety of media. This also included learning about world famous artists and experimenting with their style of art.

The goal is that the children will be able to: express ideas and feelings through a variety of media; experiment with techniques and materials; demonstrate basic knowledge and skills gained through exposure to the arts and activities in the arts; co-operate and collaborate with others on artisitc projects; demonstrate awareness of new abilities they develop through arts activities; express pride in their own work; demonstrate awareness of some simple art forms from various cultures and identify and describe some basic elements of art forms. Although the program is now over, we are continuing to have this focus through our own teachers at the school.

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A.I.S.I. PROJECT: Social Studies TRAVEL CANADA

2009 - 2012 Using a project-based teaching approach, we introduce our Kindergarten students to each province and territory in Canada through literature, music, plays, field trips, and visiting authors. Each month we “visit” a province or territory and spend time learning about that area by engaging the students in activities such as a sugar-off in spring that reflect the provincial or territorial identity. This project grew out of our first cycle AISI project where we studied countries of the world. We are still doing that study into different countries, but realized that our students need to learn about their own country as well so we developed this project.