Our Programs

A Day in Kindie


At Mabin, Kindergarten is the start of a life-long adventure in the joy of learning. We offer an enriched, play-based program where children are encouraged to make meaningful connections through a variety of community-building and small group learning experiences. Students benefit from regular one-on-one time to develop their fine/gross motor and social skills. Cooperation, communication and self-control are the foundations of our enriched program. For a snapshot of a typical day in Kindergarten at The Mabin School, check out our video!

Academics


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 student.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • All students get an opportunity to visit the library with the teacher-librarian at least once a week. The teacher-librarian works with classroom teachers to support inquiries and extend learning. Students in Grade 1 and above are welcome to borrow books, as are all parents. To visit our library catalogue, click here

    Families are invited to donate books to the library through our Birthday Book tradition. For more information please contact Sonia or Randall
    Please click on the links below to see our book wishlist for our 2017/18 academic year:
    Non-Fiction
    Picture Book
    Chapter Book – younger grades
    Chapter Book – older grades

Habits of Mind


At The Mabin School, we believe that children are intelligent, capable individuals who should be entrusted with the responsibility of problem-solving.


Mabin’s sustaining principles of Inquiry, Integration and Reflection are as integral to the social program as they are to the academic program.

Students are empowered to think deeply about their community and how their actions affect the people around them. Students are reminded that every action has an effect, whether positive or negative, immediately or some time in the future. We often ask students, “How is your behaviour affecting the community around you?”

Habits of Mind assist students in school and adults in everyday life as they are challenged by problems, dilemmas, paradoxes and enigmas for which the solutions are not immediately apparent. Drawing on the Habits of Mind means knowing how to behave intelligently when you do not know the answers. It means not only having information, but also knowing how to act on it.

The Mabin Faculty uses Habits of Mind language to support children at work and at play. Using consistent language sets our students up for success. The concept eloquently restates many of the foundations of our school philosophy and captures much of the professional development we have done around the inquiry method and developing thinking skills.

Noted educators Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick define and describe 16 types of intelligent behavior that make up the Habits of Mind. The Mabin School focuses specifically on 10.

  • Persisting:
    Stick to it!
  • Managing Impulsivity:
    Take your time!
  • Listening with Understanding and Empathy:
    Understand others!

  • Taking Responsible Risks:
    Venture out!
  • Taking Ownership:
    Do the right thing!
  • Paying Attention to Detail:
    Check it again!
  • Collaborating:
    Work together!
  • Questioning and Creating Solutions:
    How do you know? Try a different way!
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations:
    Use what you learn!
  • Thinking about Thinking (Metacognition):
    Know your knowing!

Athletics


At Mabin, “Everyone Plays”. Based on a firm belief that all students deserve equal opportunity to gain the vast variety of physical and socio-emotional skills inherently gained by participation in a positive sports experience, everyone has equal opportunity to play at Mabin.

Fundamentals
& Team Sports

We gear our athletic programs towards the different age groups of our students. Early on, the focus is on skill-building basics that form the foundation for sports skill development. For older grades, there are a variety of sports teams available like basketball, volleyball, track, dance, floor hockey & more.

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Intramural
Games

Grade 3-6 students participate in sports and games at morning recess. Students decide on the activities, choose and captain the teams, referee the games and organize the schedule. Students sign up using an interest-based model, each child deciding their own level of participation and engagement.

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School-wide
Activities

Mabin hosts many school-wide activities with a base in athletics like the Terry Fox Run and a Community Skate Day, and we have even run an event based on National Frog Jumping Day! Students help plan and run events, offering regular opportunities to take on a leadership role in the Mabin community.

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Co-Curriculars & Clubs


Mabin offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities before school, during recesses, and after school, for students in Grades 1-6.


Co-Curriculars and Clubs are optional, and change every term. They are another example of how Mabin teachers respond to the interests and strengths of the school’s students. Students, teachers, and/or other talented individuals organize and lead these initiatives. Both Co-Curriculars and Clubs provide an excellent leadership opportunity for our students.

The following are examples of clubs that have been offered:

– Dance
– Nature Club
– Chess
– Theatre Arts
– Mabin in Motion
– Sports with Andy
– Boot Camp
– Woodworking
The following are examples of clubs that can be joined by anyone from Grade 1 to Grade 3:

– Survivor
– Tennis
– Bricks 4 Kids
– Jewellery Making
– Magic
– Math Club
– Reading Club
– Lego Club
The following are examples of clubs that can be joined by anyone from Grade 4 to Grade 6:

– Musical Theatre
– Elite Basketball
– Robotics
– Maker Kids
– Study Club
– Video Gaming
– Floor Hockey
– Yoga

Extended Care


The Mabin Extended Care Program meets the needs of both parents who require after school care on a regular basis, as well as those who require it occasionally. A 24 hour notice period is appreciated. The program is offered on all school days and runs from 3:30 to 6:00 PM. A healthy snack is provided each day at 4:00 PM.

Many activities are available that promote choice and particular interests, such as arts and crafts, indoor/outdoor organized sports, games and baking.

Monday
Scavenger Hunt

Snack: Goldfish and Cheese

Scavenger Lego

Snack: Sweet Potato Fries

Computer Fun

Snack: Bananas and Crackers

Building with Big Blocks

Snack: Yogurt Parafaits

Tuesday
Movie Night

Snack: Mini Pizza

Climber Tag

Snack: Apples and Cheese

Hydro Park Play

Snack: Fruits and Veggies

Stained Glass Making

Snack: Croissants with Jam

Wednesday
Let’s Cook

Snack: Yogurt Smoothies

Jewellery Makingt

Snack: Veggies and Popcorn

Origami

Snack: Bagels and Cream Cheese

Hide and go Seek

Snack: Frozen Fruit Bars

Thursday
Flag Tag

Snack: Waffles and Fruit

Frozen Fruit Pops

Snack: Multigrain Bars

Drama

Snack: Grapes and Cheese

Candle Making

Snack: Fajitas

Friday
Floor Hockey

Snack: Pigs in a Blanket

Just Dance

Snack: Oranges and Pretzels

Gym Games

Snack: Pita Chips and Dip

Fort Making

Snack: Mac’n Cheese