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Tuesday, May 24, 2022 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Join the Durham District School Board (DDSB) Early Years Department and community partners for the Great Beginnings Virtual Family Introduction Series. Parents/Guardians are invited to attend five webinar sessions to learn more about what they can expect as their child enters Kindergarten at the DDSB and hear helpful tips from the experts! 

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The Early Years Experience at the DDSB 

Date and Time: Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

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Have you registered your child for Kindergarten at the DDSB? Do you have questions about what a “typical” day for a Kindergarten student may look like?

During this session, families are invited for an overview of “The Early Years Experience at the DDSB”. This session will provide families with information that will help to prepare their child for this new and exciting chapter in their young lives! Families will learn general information about The Kindergarten Program (2016), what a typical day in Kindergarten may look like for their child, as well as things to consider when preparing their child for a successful start at the DDSB.

In addition, this session will feature voices from our DDSB child care partners, who will provide an overview of child care offerings at the DDSB, and available supports for young children and families within the community.  

Families are welcome to share questions they may have as they begin to embark on the Kindergarten transition for September 2022. 

We look forward to you joining us for this informative session on the early years experience at the DDSB! 

 

Getting Ready to Communicate!

Date and Time: Thursday, May 5th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

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Communication with teachers and other children is important for success in school. Join speech-language pathologists from the DDSB and Grandview Kids Preschool Speech-Language Program to learn about communication and language skills that support learning and participation. Information will be shared for how to access supports and resources in the community and in the DDSB, as well as other helpful tips to encourage communication at home.

During this session, families will have the opportunity to learn helpful information about speech and language development, receive details on how to navigate additional supports, and will be able to pose general questions they may have about their child’s speech and language development. 

We look forward to you joining us for this informative session on how to get ready to communicate in Kindergarten! 

 

The Joy of Kindergarten 

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

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The last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have presented many challenges for young children. As we prepare to support our children with the transition into Kindergarten, you may have many questions about your child’s ability to cope within a new learning environment, as well as their ability to interact socially and make new friends.  

In response to these questions and concerns, we invite families to join Dr. Jean Clinton, MD, as she discusses the vital role that families play in promoting healthy human development. During this session, Dr. Clinton will advocate for the importance of relationships, and share how families can support a young child’s social and emotional development. Dr. Clinton will also support families in their understanding of how to create a positive sense of belonging and connection through play in the early learning environment. 

Although the last two years have been unlike anything we have faced before, Dr. Clinton will share the latest research, reflect on her own experiences, and remind families that successful development is possible through connection and relationships. 

Families are welcome to come to the session with questions they may have for Dr. Clinton as they begin to embark on the Kindergarten transition for September 2022. 

We look forward to you joining us for this informative session on The Joy of Kindergarten! 

 

Making Sense of Self-Regulation in Young Children

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

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You may have heard that self-regulation is an important factor affecting children’s school success and their social and emotional development – but how do we make sense of this information to support our young children as they transition into Kindergarten? In this presentation, educator and self-regulation consultant, Rebecca Leslie, will show families a helpful way to understand self-regulation and what they can do to support its development in a child. Rebecca will review how stress affects a child’s body and brain, the connection between self-regulation and stress, the difference between misbehaviour and stress behaviour, as well as how excess stress affects behaviour and moods across five domains of experience.  

Over the last two years, children have had to face a lot of obstacles, and have been challenged with many stressful scenarios. Rebecca will highlight the Shanker Method®, and the five ways to support self-regulation, which will help families to see their child in a whole new way.  

Families are welcome to come to the session with questions they may have for Rebecca Leslie as they begin to embark on the Kindergarten transition for September 2022! 

We look forward to you joining us for this informative session on how to make sense of self-regulation in young children! 

 

Promoting Learning Through Play

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

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How do young children learn? You have heard that play is a “child’s work”, but what does that mean for Kindergarten?  

To answer these questions and more, this session will highlight the importance of play and how it supports the development of all learners. Families are invited to join Nadia Kenisha Bynoe and Angelique Thompson from the Coaches Corner Early Years Team, as they explore the benefits of play and how it connects to The Kindergarten Program. Using interactive approaches, Nadia and Angelique will uncover the possibilities for learning using playful materials. In addition, families will be given practical strategies that can be used at home to support learners transitioning into Kindergarten. 

Families are welcome to come to the session with questions they may have for Nadia and Angelique as they begin to embark on the Kindergarten transition for September 2022. 

We look forward to you joining us for this informative session on how to promote learning through play for your Kindergarten-aged child! 

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