Pear Tree Elementary’s Early Years Program sets the foundations not just of your child’s education, but their whole life. Our astounding private kindergarten school takes a theme-based and whole-child approach to the B.C. curriculum will nurture your child’s academic abilities, social and emotional development, and physical growth.
Grades K - 1: Early Years
Each day will be one of wonder and enjoyment as they engage in new and exciting hands-on activities. Through play-based learning (guided play, dramatic play, and free play) your child will learn to process and make sense of what they are studying. Furthermore, Pear Tree’s daily physical education classes and Healthy Hot Lunch Program will provide the healthiest start for your child’s brain and body.
Delivered by Pear Tree Elementary’s passionate teachers (all with masters of education degrees M.Ed.) – who are experts in these early years – you can be confident that you have given your child the best educational and life opportunities. What is more, Pear Tree’s advanced teaching methods ensure that every child loves learning, feels valued, and has a place in our amazing school!
Our primary goals for your child are to develop:
- Strong foundations in early literacy, numeracy, art and science
- Social-emotional abilities so that children can regulate themselves and are in tune with others
- Age-appropriate independence
- Higher-level thinking skills (problem solving and critical thinking)
- Basic technology skills using iPads
Math at Pear Tree
Math is a skills-based subject (in contrast to science and social studies, which are more knowledge-based). Math skills are to be used, not simply memorized. As such, at Pear Tree Elementary, math skills embedded within themes; they are tied to social studies (quantities, statistics), science (weights, speeds, measurements), and business (financial literacy).
As such, students at Pear Tree learn math in context. Math at our school is connected to real life and is truly meaningful. At the same time, working with real-life numbers means that it is challenging!
Consequently, math at Pear Tree is more engaging and more challenging than traditional math classes.
Literacy at Pear Tree
Like math, language arts is a skills-based subject. Traditional approaches to reading and writing involve practicing such skills with no real purpose beyond mastering those skills. Reading and writing are skills to be applied, and that’s exactly what we do at Pear Tree Elementary!
At Pear Tree, reading and writing skills are interwoven into every part of our themes. We don’t use textbooks. Instead, students constantly read both fiction and non-fiction books related to the themes. From these books, their range of vocabulary goes beyond high-frequency words to include very technical language specific to the themes.
Pear Tree students quickly develop truly amazing reading and writing skills for their ages from becoming familiar with these words over a semester and having constant opportunities to practice!
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