Early Learning Program

Our Early Learning Program includes Pre-JK (3-year-olds), Junior Kindergarten (4-year-olds) and Kindergarten (5-year-olds).

Our Early Learning students participate in daily academic activities, unstructured play-time as well as exposure to French, Music, Physical Education, Library, Outdoor Education, Art and Drama specialists to unleash their interests, passions and creativity.

Our half-day program hours are 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM and our full-day program hours are 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

Pre-JK (3-year-old Program)

  • Half-Day: Monday to Friday

  • Full-Day: Monday to Friday

Junior Kindergarten (4-year-old Program)

  • Full-Day: Monday to Friday

Kindergarten (5-year-old Program)

  • Full-Day: Monday to Friday

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A Place of Wonder

As experts in early childhood education, we know that the root of student success lies within a strong foundation of purposeful exploration, creation, play, and connection.

We nurture our youngest learners to participate in, learn about, and actively make sense of the world around them and we do so by prioritizing unstructured indoor and outdoor play, developing relationships and celebrating curiosity.

Our highly qualified educators engage with students through adaptive, inquiry-based and hands-on learning experiences; laying the ground work for future success in elementary school and beyond!

Early Numeracy

While at play, students explore a variety of concepts and skills in early numeracy, including:

  • Representing quantities using manipulatives
  • Recognizing patterns
  • Recognizing basic shapes and colours
  • Sorting objects into groups
  • Exploring measurement

Early Literacy

Using a multi-sensory approach students build essential skills for emergent reading and writing success:

  • Focus on the natural sequence of language development.
  • Lessons incorporate the use of literature, singing, storytelling, drawing, labeling, and manipulatives.
  • Consistent guided practice to develop automaticity and fluency.

At River Valley School the Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework guides the significant work of our early learning educators.