In the Prairie Sky Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten, we take an integrated, play-based approach to delivering the Saskatchewan Curriculum. Our play-based programs offer children a natural, holistic, and safe environment to engage actively in our class→ school→ community→ city→ province→ country→ world. Through play, the powers of creativity, imagination, and initiative are developed. At this stage in a young child’s life, learning is ‘caught’ more than taught.
The Year 1 to 6 program at Prairie Sky School takes place in an environment where children learn through, and about, art, community, and nature. Students spend a significant amount of time outdoors and in the community, and have access to performance and visual art modes of expression in nearly all of their experiences. We have multi-aged classrooms with a maximum of 16-18 children per classroom; often breaking into varied interest groups for grade-level instruction or project work.
In year 6, 7 and 8 at Prairie Sky School, we offer an integrated program taught using place-based learning. As David Sobel writes, “Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens” (2006).
Before/After School & ERD
The before school, after school, and early release day programs are offered on a cost-recovery basis as a service to our community. Students of Prairie Sky School and neighbouring schools can join our support staff team and peers for open-ended play before class (7:30am – 8:30am), after class (3:45pm – 5:30pm) or following early release hours (12:10pm – 3:45pm). Subject to fees and restrictions.