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Mon – Fri / 08:00 – 16:00
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 and small group time to develop their fine/gross motor, literacy, numeracy, and social skills. Cooperation, communication and self-control are the foundations of our program, and we build the content in collaboration with the students themselves, based on their passions and interests. Even our youngest children are changemakers.
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.
Rigour looks different at The Mabin School. We go deep, not fast, and take our time to thoroughly explore big ideas. A typical student-led collaborative inquiry may last several months.
Our Academic program is rooted in Inquiry, Integration, and Reflection. Students’ questions lead the way. Our inquiries are multi-disciplinary – our investigations reach across disciplines. Reflection is an essential component of our program. Students learn to think about their thinking and understand themselves as learners. Play and creativity are woven throughout the curriculum from JK to 6.
At The Mabin School, academics are not separate from social-emotional learning. We nurture human development. We develop good humans.
The intergenerational program is designed to bring children and seniors together in an experience rich environment for their mutual benefit. These connections are facilitated through arts activities. The program provides opportunities for seniors and children of early and middle childhood age (K-6) to learn together in an innovative learning environment with reciprocal social, emotional and academic benefits.
Promoting healthy attitudes towards aging as the youth are exposed to an image of aging that is healthy and active
Linking cultures as well as generations, thus fostering positive attitudes and positive regard for people of diverse beliefs and cultures
Building inter-generational relationships and networks
Introducing seniors as a resource bank of knowledge, experience and expertise
Creating a learning environment with reciprocal mental health benefits
Staying involved in and giving back to their community
Providing an opportunity to engage in life-long learning
Meeting other caring and talented seniors
Sharing their life experiences and knowledge in an environment that values their wisdom
Building mutually beneficial relationships with community members and youth
Promoting the development of healthy attitudes towards aging
Creating a strengthened sense of community and social responsibility
Expanding their sense of culture, heritage and history
Experiencing authentic learning and problem solving with seniors who are non-judgmental friends rather than authority figures
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.
Students participate in sports and games at morning recess. House captains 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.
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.
Every Friday, we stop what we are doing and get together for “Integration.” Sometimes we split into our Houses.
We love that Mabin feels like a family for our students, so we leaned even further into that identity! A house system helps foster a feeling of connection and belonging across grades. Students have the opportunity to build relationships with teachers and students outside of their grades, which adds to a strong sense of community. Additionally, houses create a consistent framework to bring the school closer together and promote Mabin spirit!
Our Houses reflect our History. Each House is named after one of our locations: Jarvis, Poplar, Prince Arthur, Spadina.
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.
Here are some examples of clubs that have been offered:
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.