Vision and Goals
Ophea's Early Learning Resource shares the goals of The Kindergarten Program, which are as follows:
- to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years;
- to help children make a smooth transition from home, child care, or preschool settings to school settings;
- to allow children to reap the many proven benefits of learning through relationships, and through play and inquiry;
- to set children on a path of lifelong learning and nurture competencies that they will need to thrive in the world of today and tomorrow.
The early learning experiences of children have a profound effect on their development. Early learning experiences form the attitudes upon which children’s future learning is built. Learning experiences in children’s early years provide the foundation for the growth of their reasoning, creative thinking and learning of abstract concepts. It is important to develop all dimensions of the child—intellectual, physical, social, emotional and creative—as all these dimensions are interrelated and interconnected.
In the early years, children will begin to develop attitudes toward activity and health that will be the foundation for their future learning. Children need to establish positive attitudes and an appreciation for lifelong participation in health-related physical activities. Children need a variety of enjoyable, stimulating and relevant learning opportunities that will help them develop the foundation for future development of health and physical literacy. The psychomotor development of children aged three to five years old is unique, for during this time, there is an emergence of the fundamental movement abilities that form the foundation for learning more complex skills in later years.
Through Ophea's Early Learning Resource, children will develop the physical literacy and health literacy needed to lead healthy, active lives. This holistic viewpoint considers what all children need to make healthy choices in all aspects of their lives and to be able to take care of themselves and others in an ever-changing world.
Ophea is a not-for-profit organization that champions healthy, active living in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships and advocacy, and is led by the vision that all children will value and enjoy the lifelong beenfits of healthy, active living.
Ophea’s Early Learning Resource will assist kindergarten teachers, early childhood educators, and early-learning teams with the implementation of The Kindergarten Program. Each activity card is based on the Ministry of Education’s learning expectations for full-day early learning and incorporates play-based learning and the key components of a quality health and physical activity program.
Ophea’s Early Learning Resources managed by the Ophea Curriculum and School-Based Health Resource Centre and is funded by the Government of Ontario.
Ophea wishes to acknowledge the contribution of the many organizations that participated in the development of Ophea’s Early Learning Resource. In particular, Ophea wishes to acknowledge the following individuals for their contributions to the program:
Barb Pimento, George Brown College
Carlos Pereira, Algonquin College
Diane Litvack, Toronto Public Health
Leslie Kopf-Johnson, Algonquin College
Louise Choquette, Best Start/Health Nexus
Melanie Dixon, College of Early Childhood Educators
Bob Soroko, Ophea, Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines Research Consultant
Jennifer Swick, Writer, HWDSB
Vicky Xenikakis, Writer, TDSB
Also, thanks to Jill Snyder at The Ontario Ministry of Education for her contributions in the development of the resource.
Ophea wishes to acknowledge the over 50 participants from elementary schools, early childhood education centres, public health units and community partner organizations from across Ontario that were involved in the development, expert review and testing of the resource.
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Inclusion or omission of any particular resource should not be considered as a recommendation or comment on the quality of the resource. No endorsement of any of the included resources by Ophea should be inferred.
Copyright 2011 Ophea. All rights reserved. Limited duplication for classroom use of the Early Learning Resource is acceptable, without permission, provided suitable credit is given.