The K4 Initiative also strives to enhance the physical environment through the provision of classroom technologies and resources that improve student learning experiences. Each K4 classroom is outfitted with a SMART board for interactive classroom activities, a digital camera to assist teachers with authentic observation, and an FM amplification system to ensure students can hear properly. K4 teachers are regularly introduced to new materials to assist in their lesson development and are supplied with a wealth of tools, such as books and classroom manipulatives, to enrich student instruction.
Favourite classroom programs used by K4 teachers include Zoophonics (http://www.zoo-phonics.com/), Handwriting Without Tears (http://www.hwtears.com/hwt), and forest Kindergarten (http://childnature.ca/forestschoolcanada).
The K4 initiative encourages a holistic approach to child development and makes every effort to involve the parents and families of students in their learning experience. K4 sites and schools host annual parent information sessions where take-home kits are provided for parents to extend opportunities for learning to the home and community.
Equally important, the K4 initiative is dedicated to creating partnerships with health service providers to build a network of support for students and families, especially for those students with unique needs requiring special attention. Currently, speech pathologists, audiologists and pediatricians are working with the initiative to screen students and provide support
and advice to K4 educators. However, work in this area is never complete, and TNEGI is seeking interested health care service providers to partner with in this crucial work.
In the 2013-14 school year, the K4 Initiative is undertaking the grand task of supporting teachers in the development
of a K4 curriculum framework. This map of expected student outcomes and recommended strategies will contribute
to the sustainability of the program and its continued effectiveness, providing a guide for instruction throughout the year.
The curriculum framework is being built from the grass roots level by experienced K4 educators
and will be infused with cultural and community values.
For more information about the K4 Initiative or to speak with someone about potential partnership opportunities,
please contact TNEGI at firstname.lastname@example.org