From Monday through Friday, Ilisaqsivik offers daily programs for preschool age children and their parents, helping parents gain skills and confidence to support their kids to be healthy, and helping kids develop the skills they need to be successful in school and in their lives.
Preschool – Ilisaqsivik Society offers preschool five afternoons a week from 1:30 – 3:00 pm at the Family Resource Centre. Instructors include trained early childhood educators and Ilisaqsivik Society’s Counselling Elder. The curriculum emphasizes the development of fine motor skills through activities such as cutting, pasting, puzzles, tracing, colouring inside the lines, stringing bead patterns, and learning the sign language alphabet. Children are taught in Inuktitut, and are introduced to numbers, syllabics, and the Roman alphabet. Elders are regular guest instructors, and many of the activities carry strong cultural components such as making traditional crafts and learning traditional songs and stories. Preschool participants gain skills that will help them succeed in school, such as learning how to play cooperatively and how to interact with teachers and classmates in a learning environment. (This program is supported by funding from the Government of Nunavut’s Departments of Education and Culture Language Elders and Youth, and Health Canada).
Parents and Tots – Ilisaqsivik offers a Parents and Tots program five afternoons a week from 1:00 − 3:00 pm for parents and their infants and toddlers up to two years of age. The program is designed to strengthen the relationship between parent and child and promote the parent as the child’s first and most important teacher. Parents and their children do fun activities together including circle time, reading, colouring, cutting and pasting, and team games. We always serve a healthy snack and talk about the importance of healthy foods. The program is supported by Ilisaqsivik instructors, including an Inuktitut Literacy Instructor, who introduces new words and designs games to strengthen the early acquisition of Inuktitut language. Participants can take home activities such as books and arts and crafts to do with their children at home. Ilisaqsivik’s Family and Elder Counsellors work closely with Parents and Tots participants. (This program is supported by Government of Nunavut’s Departments of Education, and Culture Language Elders and Youth, and Canada Action Program for Children).