Children’s Commons Ecological Society
For immediate release: 07/15/2015
Press Contact: Lisa Menzies
Calgary’s first Nature Kindergarten to open in September
July 15, 2015 - Calgary, Alberta – Children’s Commons Ecological Society is set to open Calgary Nature Kindergarten – an Alberta Education approved full-day kindergarten program that will see children spending the majority of their day exploring the natural woodland and wetland of Lloyd Park while learning the Alberta Education mandated kindergarten curriculum. The program offers a 1:9 staff ratio and maximum classroom size of 18 children in a play-based environment where educators teach the curriculum through inquires and projects based on the curiosities of the children in their everyday experiences in nature. Lloyd Park is a 56 acre membership-based municipal park located in south Calgary, 5 minutes west of Spruce Meadows at Highway 22X and 112 St. W. The permanent indoor classroom is within walking distance of the park. Registrations are currently being accepted for September 2015.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be sending my son to Nature Kindergarten in the fall. As a teacher, I know that the current research says that inquiry based, experiential education is best for children, and as a mother, I am so pleased to be sending him to a place that will preserve his sense of wonder, cultivate his relationship with nature, and help him grow as a collaborative, empathetic and inquisitive human being” said parent Morgan Chapman.
“Parents can offer this unique educational experience for their children knowing that, as an approved kindergarten all of the required curriculum is taught by a certified, experienced educator and that they can expect report cards, parent-teacher interviews and current assessment methods to help communicate about their child’s readiness to enter more traditional school settings for Grade 1,” said Wendy Yuen, Children’s Commons Ecological Society Board Chair. “And, as there is no tuition, this program is accessible to all families” adds Yuen.
Children’s Commons Ecological Society, is a newly formed not-for-profit society created by the founders, friends and families of Common Digs Inc. Common Digs offers hands-on programs to connect people to nature and has been running Forest School programs for pre-school aged children in Calgary since February 2014.