Goals and Philosopies
Our program started as St. Martin Ukrainian Bilingual Playschool Society in 1982 to provide a Ukrainian bilingual experience in a playschool setting. In 2016, we expanded our program to add an After School Program (AP) to offer this same experience to additional ages of children and our name was changed to Kalyna Kids Society. Our certified teachers and assistants make learning a second language fun and exciting by working with each child’s individual skills and abilities. Our program offers a warm, caring and stimulating environment which is designed to meet the needs of our children and their parents. For parents, we provide flexible registration options; offering morning and afternoon classes and choice of days per week (Playschool) and choice of one or five days per week (After School), mornings and afternoons.
No previous knowledge of the Ukrainian language is required and our playschool welcomes all children and families, regardless of their language or cultural backgrounds. Our playschool acts as a feeder program for both the Catholic and Public school systems; either in Ukrainian Bilingual programs or English only programs.
Statement of Faith
Kalyna Kids is a non-denominational playschool open to everyone. Christian beliefs and values are part of the curriculum, especially as they relate to Ukrainian culture.
We implement the following philosophies in our Program:
- Providing a warm, caring, respectful, safe, and stimulating environment.
- Focusing on teaching and learning.
- Demonstrating equity, fairness, tolerance, and positive relationships.
- Using supportive strategies.
- Promoting behaviour management and skills development.
Our Program is designed to meet the physical, social, intellectual, creative, and emotional needs of children through the following:
- Providing children with opportunities to:
- Make friends;
- Form concepts of spatial relationships, e.g. under/over, near/far, etc;
- Cooperate in a group;
- Learn the nature of physical objects;
- Make independent discoveries;
- Explore her/his own creativity and stimulate imagination;
- Express themselves;
- Develop independent thinking;
- Enhance physical, emotional, and cognitive development;
- Explore the environment and her/himself as he/she relates to the environment;
- Stimulating a feeling of belonging, through participation and group activities.
- Developing muscular strength and co-ordination through recreational activities in the gym, playground, or field;
- Developing gross and fine motor skills through the use of tools, crafts, activities, and various toys;
- Providing musical activities to help children to co-ordinate hearing and actions, to learn music appreciation, and to have fun through activities such as role plays and action songs.
- Teaching children how to follow instructions and increase their attention span through participation in stories and crafts;
- Encouraging older children to develop leadership and mentorship skills by assisting with activities for younger children.
- Developing an interest in and appreciation of the world around him/her (through weekly themes, in-class presentations, and field trips).
- Promoting development of social skills such as self-reliance, responsibility, respect, conscientiousness, and self-regulation.
- Helping to prepare children for Kindergarten, or helping Kindergarten children enhance their learning.
- For Grade school children, providing assistance with their homework and providing additional exposure to the Ukrainian and English languages.
- Exposing the child to spiritual aspects of Ukrainian religious and cultural traditions through activities throughout the year including St. Nicholas visiting children at Christmas, Pysanka (Easter eggs) and Paska (Easter bread) making.