The Northwest Territories has a single curriculum for kindergarten that is based on play-based learning as outlined in the document NWT Right from the Start: Early Childhood Development Framework and Action Plan. The Curriculum and School List page for Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten states, “JK/K begins with what children already know and recognizing their past experiences, culture and language. Children thrive in environments that validate their individual identities that they bring with them to school… The NWT Integrated Kindergarten Curriculum is child-centred and play-based. This allows children to be actively involved in the learning process and helps them construct a deeper understanding of the world around them.”
Media and digital literacy outcomes are found in several strands of this curriculum, in particular Healthy Living, Citizenship, Self-Regulation, Conversation and Communication, and Creativity and Innovation.
Click on the link for Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten for a list of media-related outcomes and links to supporting resources from the MediaSmarts site. (Note: as many of our lessons can be adapted to suit different grade levels, specific lessons may be listed for more than one grade. Teachers should also note that individual lessons often satisfy a number of learning outcomes.)