Kindergarten in Canada: A Play-Based Approach for Educators

9780132572026: Kindergarten in Canada: A Play-Based Approach for Educators

Helping you create effective learning environments for kindergarten students.


Kindergarten in Canada is designed to help you create effective play-based learning environments for 4 and 5 year olds and addresses the transition across several provinces to publicly funded, coordinated early learning programs. Regardless of whether you are a pre-service teacher, ECE candidates, or experienced teacher, this text will prepare you for all aspects of a full-day kindergarten program. Rooted in both theory and practice, it illustrates ECE philosophy and brain-based research and contains samples of approaches in Canada and around the world.

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About the Author:

Nancy Maynes is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Concurrent Education Program at Nipissing University. Prior to her appointment at Nipissing, she taught for thirty-six years at both the elementary and secondary levels across Ontario. She spent six of those years as a Transition Years (Grades 7-10) coordinator, followed by 11 years in administration. She has been a secondary school vice-principal, and has been principal in three elementary schools. During this time, she also worked on several Ministry of Education projects through secondments.


“The Thinking Ahead: Opportunities for Professional Reflection is one of my favourite things about this text. As mentioned above I think they provide an accurate glimpse into the Early Years classroom and force the reader to really apply what they have read in a real-life context....The author’s examples mostly provide a real life glimpse into the functioning of a classroom which is invaluable. The examples are well thought out and illustrate the best practice of an educator team.”

-Janet Buchanan, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

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