The Mistawasis First Nation Aboriginal On Reserve Head Start Program offers a safe and nurturing environment that provides healthy snacks in the morning and afternoon. The program provides a daily balance of active/quiet; indoor/outdoor and individual/group activities that are developmentally appropriate and are child initiated. It’s flexible to allow for a child’s individual needs in the areas of physical growth, mental growth, language skills, emotional maturity and social skills.
Six Program Components
- Culture and Language-Aboriginal culture and language providing children and families with a positive sense of themselves and their community.
- Education/Preparation for School Readiness-Support and encourage life long learning.
- Health Promotion-Empower families with the knowledge to maintain or improve their health.
- Nutrition-Ensuring children and families are learning about receiving proper nutrition.
- Social Support-Creating awareness of the resources and community service available.
- Parental and Family Involvement-Supporting the family as the primary teacher of the child.
What we do in Head start
Circle Time is a group gathering during which we share our ideas, plans and observations. Circle activities are designed to stimulate youngsters’ thinking, enrich their social skills, and expand their attention spans. This is a group gathering during which we share our ideas, plans and observations. Circle Time is a time when basic concepts; colors numbers, shapes, opposites, prepositions, fine and gross motor, cognitive, creative, social and language skills are developed.
At Group time with story, song, flannel board, or other language activity the children are offered a large block of time to self-select from a variety of activities. “A wide variety of well-planned activities reinforce the objectives and theme of the curriculum.
Children are encouraged to engage in social interactions, making choices, observe, experiment, explore, interact, and be autonomous. Children are empowered to develop their own thoughts, feelings, bodies and adults support them in communicating their ideas, making links, being curious, and interacting actively with the world around them.