Mabin teachers use a progressive approach to teaching Mathematics. Rote learning is carefully balanced with experiential, dynamic and engaging lessons. The program is often taught in a half-class setting. This allows our teachers to support differentiated instruction and for each student to be challenged at an optimal level. It consists of five strands representing the five major areas of knowledge and skills in the Ontario Math Curriculum. The strands are: Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, and Data Management and Probability.
Drawing largely from the JUMP Math program, we emphasize the following: Guided Practice and Discovery, Rigorously Scaffolded Instruction, Mental Math, Continuous Assessment, Deep Conceptual Understanding, and Confidence Building.
Mabin teachers use a balanced approach to teaching Language Arts. The program is often taught in a half-group setting. This allows our teachers to support differentiated instruction, and for each student to be challenged at an optimal level. It consists of three strands. These are: Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication. The Media Literacy strand of the Ontario curriculum is integrated into all subject areas.
Students are supported not only in developing the skills needed to make them proficient readers, writers, and communicators, but also to engage in a lifelong love of language.
The Social Studies Curriculum is thematically based and, as frequently as possible, emerges from the interests of the students. The learning focuses on issues that are persistent, provocative and relevant to their lives. Students are encouraged to: look at the world around them, ask questions about causes and effects, identify misconceptions, and draw conclusions through experimentation, research, cooperation and communication skills. As with all other areas of the curriculum, opportunities for integration between subject areas are facilitated between teachers and students.
The primary goal of the French program, which is taught to students from JK to Grade 6, is to instill a love of French, a pride in the development of communication skills (oral and written) and a motivation to continue to improve language skills.
Mabin teaches French in a way that integrates music, drama, and other subject areas. A portion of the program makes use of The Accelerative Integrated Methodology, also known as AIM or The Gesture Approach. This technique uses hand signs to help students learn and remember important vocabulary during the initial stages of language learning. There is an equal emphasis on the development of all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) through a program that meets the needs of all language learners and their learning styles. Activities are varied so that students have the opportunity to work individually, in partners, in small groups and as a whole class.
Our Science program is designed to generate and build interest and excitement among students from JK to Grade 6. Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Our Science program encourages thoughtful questions and deep investigation. It is an integrated approach that embeds, where appropriate, technology-supported inquiry into the ongoing classroom themes. Lessons are taught both in the classroom and in our new “Innovation Hub” which is equipped with a selection of scientific resources and a maker space.
Physical Education and Health
The Physical Education and Health program is designed not only to develop physical skills but to promote a joy of activity for one’s health and psychological well-being. The importance of teamwork, cooperation and respect are integral to this goal. All children in Grades 1-6 participate in classes several times a week. Kindergarten children have Physical Education class twice a week. In the Primary Grades (JK-2), students focus on developing a solid base of fitness and skills that can be transferred to sports. Junior students (Grades 3-6) engage in a wide variety of sports and games intended to develop the skills required to fully participate in and enjoy lifelong physical activity.
Health Education is scheduled for students in Grades 3 to 6, and focuses on areas such as: healthy eating, personal safety, development and substance use and abuse.
Taught through an experiential, multimedia approach, Art is viewed as a medium a child uses to communicate ideas, feelings, and perceptions. All children have Art class at least once a week. The process is highly valued and, when possible, Art Room activities are integrated with classroom themes. Children work in extended blocks of time with a variety of materials that ultimately lead them towards achieving visual literacy.
In Music, all grades follow the pedagogical approach of Carl Orff, learning about pitch, rhythm and form through imitating, exploring, innovating and improvising. In addition to studying movement and drama, students use a variety of instruments including voice, percussion, xylophones, keyboards and computers. When possible, the Music curriculum relates to emerging class themes. Annual concerts are held and are an exciting time for our community to gather in celebration of music.
Computers and iPads are in use in every classroom and students have access to three carts of laptops. Computers within the school are organized on a network and have access to the Internet. Each classroom is also outfitted with a SMART Board to enhance student engagement and learning.
Internet & Email Use
Teachers use a deliberate and thoughtful approach while guiding students’ use of the internet and technology. For example, in Grade 4, students are provided with an email account to help support the completion of homework.
Internet & Email Student Guidelines
- Students must decide if the Internet is the best tool for the work they want to do.
- While using the Internet, students are responsible for appropriate behaviour.
- Student must be productive when they are browsing the Internet.
- Students must make sure that the topics they browse are appropriate.
- Students are not to play Internet games involving ‘chatting’ on-line.
- Students must use their Mabin Email accounts only for school purposes.