Curriculum Overview

Welcome to Canadian Trillinium International School Pre-Kindergarten Program, a nurturing and creative learning environment which fosters a child’s natural desire to explore, discover, create, and become a lifelong learner.

CTiS does not pre-screen children for intelligence and aptitude for those entering our Pre- Kindergarten and Kindergarten levels. The reason behind this is that children in the early years, regardless of inherent abilities, will thrive in an environment that is both academically stimulating and emotionally nurturing. Modern pedagogical studies show that foreign language immersion during the early years helps young children increase their mental agility (mathematics), abstract thought and pattern recognition (language and physical science), and creativity (language and social sciences).

We start accepting students at the age of 3. Children entering Pre-Kindergarten must turn 3 years old they will be starting Pre-Kindergarten.

The harmonious development of your child is our goal. Our objective is to offer our students a way of life that meets their physiological, emotional, and intellectual needs. Our curriculum is organized in the areas described below; they are adapted to the age and the learning style of your child.

Living Together

Learning to live together is the student’s first experience. At school they share common spaces and activities such as organized play, board games, or project work. The sharing of responsibilities, listening to, and the respect of others are emphasized at all times.

Language Learning

The development of language skills is the primary aim. Our students regularly take part in activities to develop these skills, including:

Carrying out conversations with an adult or another student, describing simple facts for the youngest, more complicated events for the oldest,

Telling of distant or imaginary situations (tell news or a story),

Making language an object of interest with games of nursery rhymes, poems and songs,

Discovering the structures and functions of different types of texts using newspapers, posters, recipes, magazines, etc.,

Becoming aware of different phonemes with listening and cutting syllables games,

Noticing the relationship between oral and written words by learning and recognizing them in a text.

Functioning in the world

Movement is an essential element of your child’s development. During Physical Education sessions, he/she will develop skills, such as running, jumping, climbing, throwing and balancing. This will help him/her to become aware of time and space, judge distances and react to a signal in team games. He/she will also learn to express him/herself using his/her body, alone or with other children, through mime or choreography.

Discovering the world

Your child discovers the world around him/her a little more every day. He/she strives to know and respect his/her environment. We aim to teach our students never to stop observing, questioning and finding answers. We try to accomplish this through activities, in several domains including:

Objects: construction games, building and taking objects apart, creating projects,

Matter: discovering the properties of natural elements and materials,

The Living World: the human body as well as the main elements of life: birth, growth, movement, nutrition,

Natural and Human Spaces: discovery, observation and description of plants and animals, gardening, country, ocean, forest, rivers, roads, houses, recycling, noises and smells,

Hygiene: role of sleep, importance of good nutrition, main rules of hygiene, five senses, awareness of traffic rules, of dangerous objects and chemicals,

Time: days, months, years, seasons, use of a calendar. Imagine, Feel, Create

In school, our students develop sensitivity, imagination and creativity. We give them the means to engage in creative activities.

Learning Tools

While enriching their knowledge, our students acquire essential tools to develop their intelligence. It is in Pre- Kindergarten and Kindergarten that they start to use them methodically.

Hand-writing: by regular and appropriate exercises, our students learn at the youngest age to control the movement of their hand, to hold a pencil, to write more precisely.

Mathematics: classifications (classify using a given criterion), numeration (estimating quantities, instantaneous recognition of numbers, learning number rhymes, small additions and subtractions, ordering), geometry (open and closed figures, inside and outside, recognizing geometrical shapes) and organization of space (above /below, right /left, near/far, here/there).

Come and visit us during a regular school day to experience our program in action! Learn more about our program and what makes CTiS so unique.