The Renert Early Childhood Education Centre offers an enriched 2-year Junior Kindergarten program for children between the ages of 3 and 5 that goes beyond the basic skills and curriculum typically offered in preschool. Our goal is to prepare children for life-long success, both in and outside of school, by providing exceptional early formative experiences in academics, creative play and social interactions. We do so by customizing the education to the child, encouraging each child to explore and progress in their areas of interest and passion, while supporting each child in a way that is pedagogically sound.
Our Junior Kindergarten curriculum integrates a variety of stimulating, age-appropriate and enjoyable approaches to teaching foundational academic skills and fostering a love of learning. These include, but are not limited to:
Montessori Activity Centres
The Montessori method, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centred approach to education that fosters creativity, curiosity, and independence. The method focuses on four avenues of learning: practical life, sensorial development, language development, and early preparation of the mathematical mind. Learning is accomplished through a variety of activity centres, which are selected by children based on personal interest. Typical activity centres include puzzles, picture matching, picture sequencing, letter tracing, small construction blocks, and sand tray.
Bright Minds Mathematics
A program in mathematics, logic and analytical reasoning developed by Aaron Renert, Founder, Principal and Head of Mathematics at Renert School. The Bright Minds program fosters a deep understanding of numeracy and pattern in young children. It exposes children to the richness and beauty of mathematics and analytical thinking. In addition to training children to become effective learners and creative thinkers for life, Bright Minds mathematics instils a strong sense of teamwork and a solid understanding of how to approach problems creatively.
A highly motivating, multisensory approach to developing early literacy skills such as phonological awareness, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency. Animated Literacy incorporates 30 years of program research and development with recent research in language acquisition and brain research on memory, movement, emotion, motivation and creativity.
Handwriting Without Tears
A multisensory, play-based approach to teaching early writing skills. The program is based on years of research on how children learn best, and includes activities with hands-on materials that address all styles of learning, including letter blocks, wood pieces, CDs, chalk boards and blackboards.
A fun and engaging way of teaching young children chess. Children can play with, and feel, the chess pieces on “giant” and “mini-giant” chessboards. Children progress at their own pace using the Alterman system of chess booklets and software, developed by grandmaster Boris Alterman, and is exclusively licensed to Renert. The program has been successfully tried and tested with tens of thousands of children of preschool age and beyond.
The program develops each child’s musical skills, literacy and creativity, and fosters a life-long love of music. Musical concepts, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, form and expression, are learned through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and playing percussion instruments. Playful improvisation and creative composition are encouraged.