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 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:
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.
Stick to it!
- Managing Impulsivity:
Take your time!
- Listening with Understanding and Empathy:
- Taking Responsible Risks:
- Taking Ownership:
Do the right thing!
- Paying Attention to Detail:
Check it again!
- 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!
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.
& 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. Learn More
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. Learn More
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. Learn More
Co-Curriculars & Clubs
– Nature Club
– Theatre Arts
– Mabin in Motion
– Sports with Andy
– Boot Camp
– Bricks 4 Kids
– Jewellery Making
– Math Club
– Reading Club
– Lego Club
– Elite Basketball
– Maker Kids
– Study Club
– Video Gaming
– Floor Hockey
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.
Snack: Goldfish and Cheese
Snack: Sweet Potato Fries
Snack: Bananas and Crackers
Snack: Yogurt Parafaits
Snack: Mini Pizza
Snack: Apples and Cheese
Snack: Fruits and Veggies
Snack: Croissants with Jam
Snack: Yogurt Smoothies
Snack: Veggies and Popcorn
Snack: Bagels and Cream Cheese
Snack: Frozen Fruit Bars
Snack: Waffles and Fruit
Snack: Multigrain Bars
Snack: Grapes and Cheese
Snack: Pigs in a Blanket
Snack: Oranges and Pretzels
Snack: Pita Chips and Dip
Snack: Mac’n Cheese