Crawford Plains offers four Kindergarten classes, 2 half-day mornings and 2 half-day afternoon classes. Although it is not mandatory for parents to send their children to Kindergarten, it is strongly encouraged, as it teaches language, motor, social and other readiness skills important for success in schooling in the early grades. Students are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten if they will be 5 years old on or before March 1st of the year they are enrolled. We welcome registrations any time after February for the following year.
The Kindergarten curriculum provides instruction in seven learning areas: Early Literacy; Early Numeracy; Citizenship and Identity; Environment and Community Awareness; Personal and Social Responsibility; Physical Skills and Well-being; and Creative Expression.
At Crawford Plains, early literacy and math skills are emphasized. We focus on the alphabet (letter names, sounds and formation) and reading both phonetic and sight words. In early fall, we begin our home reading program. The children take home a book to read to an adult each night. Every day is busy and full of learning opportunities which build together to form a strong educational foundation!
Crawford Plains School offers an English program to students from Grade One to Grade Six. School staff provide instruction that follows the mandated Alberta curriculum. We emphasize academic achievement in the core subject areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. In addition to these subjects students receive instruction in Music, Physical Education, Health and Art. Computer technology is integrated meaningfully into different subject areas. All students benefit from excellent instruction and quality resources. Adaptations and supports to assist in learning success are carefully monitored to ensure ongoing success. Student strengths are celebrated and extended to bring about further learning.
Our Language Arts program is structured so that each grade level has their Guided Reading program at the same time. We have organized our staffing so that we can provide maximum support during each grade level’s Guided Reading time. This provides us with regular small group instructional time to address critical and creative thinking skills during high quality literacy learning experiences.
The staff at Crawford Plains School believe that quality teaching practices lead to quality learning experiences. Through professional development and collaboration, the staff provide innovative and effective education that allows for greater levels of success for the students. As a professional learning community, staff members collaborate with other professionals within and outside of the school to improve their practice. We are very lucky to have a highly skilled team of teachers and support staff who share their expertise and are always willing to explore leading edge teaching strategies. We expect and encourage the role and responsibility of parents as partners in their child’s education. The support of our parents is essential to helping our students be successful!
At Crawford Plains School, academic achievement is always our top priority. We are proud of our students’ results on Provincial Achievement Tests as Crawford students as a whole consistently exceed provincial and district results. Our results from the Highest Level of Achievement Tests are also stellar with over 90% of our students being able to read and over 85% of our students being able to write at or above Grade Level.
FSL is a French language arts program in which students learn to speak, read and write in French and become familiar with the French culture. Students begin their study of FSL in Grade 4. There is an equal emphasis on the development of all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) when meeting the needs of all language learners.
One of the instructional strategies which enhances the oral acquisition of French is The Accelerated Integrated Method (AIM) of Language Learning. A key component of this method is the Gesture Approach used to teach essential, high frequency vocabulary. The result is the students are speaking more of the time and not just the teacher.
Activities are varied, so the students have the opportunity to work individually, in partners, small groups and as the whole class. Students often work in pairs or small groups to develop dramatic scenes that they share in class and receive feedback in order to gain proficiency. A variety of games are also introduced. Here the students are using the language, learning and having fun.
Leader in Me
“We only get one chance to prepare our students for a future that none of us can possibly predict. What are we going to do with that one chance?”
Leader in Me Website Stephen R. Covey
The world has entered an era of the most profound change in human history, creating new challenges for today’s students. Meeting these challenges will require a different skill set than previous generations. In an effort to provide our students with key skills vital for the 21st century, we teach Stephen Covey’s 7 habits through The Leader in Me process.
· Habit 1: Be Proactive® • You're in Charge
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
· Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind® • Have a Plan
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission andvision, and look for ways to be a good citizen.
· Habit 3: Put First Things First® • Work First, Then Play
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
· Habit 4: Think Win-Win® • Everyone Can Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
· Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood® • Listen Before You Talk
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
· Habit 6: Synergize® • Together Is Better
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us alone. I am humble.
· Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw® • Balance Feels Best
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. Itake time to find meaningful ways to help others.
The Leader in Me is built on the premise that every child can develop the essential life skills and characteristics necessary to thrive in the 21st century. Some of these skills include leadership, accountability, adaptability, initiative and self-direction, cross-cultural skills, responsibility, problem-solving, communication, creativity and teamwork. By engaging in The Leader in Me we are focused on building future leaders and creating an environment of mutual respect while celebrating the leadership qualities possessed by each and every staff and student in our building.
What does a Leader in Me School look like at Crawford Plains? Each classroom is centered on building the skills needed to problem solve, communicate, work together and set goals.