The new Ontario Language Curriculum strongly emphasizes language foundations, transferable skills, and digital media literacy while connecting to the contributions of diverse voices, experiences and perspectives, including those of First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals, communities, groups and nations. For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Education’s guide for parents.
At the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), we have a three-year plan focusing on language development’s foundational pillars. The 2023-2024 school year will focus on phonemic awareness and phonics.
Phonemic awareness, the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds in words, is crucial for early language acquisition. It forms the basis for reading and writing, helping children decode words and grasp their meanings. These interactive methods make learning enjoyable and empower children to become confident and capable readers.
Complementing phonemic awareness is the teaching of phonics, which involves connecting sounds with corresponding letter patterns. Our curriculum aligns with the latest research to provide systematic and explicit phonics instruction.
The new Ontario Language Curriculum opens doors to enhanced language skills critical for academic success and beyond. Together, we can lay a strong foundation for your child’s future achievements. We are excited to embark on this enriching path with you and your child.