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Special Education Department

The mission of the Calvin Christian School's (CCS) Special Education Department is to provide inclusive education which recognizes that each child is uniquely created by God with a distinctive learning style and ability. Due to their learning differences, some children need classroom accommodations or program modifications to experience success in their learning. At Calvin Christian School, students with learning exceptionalities are integrated into the regular classroom to the fullest extent possible. The special education teachers collaborate with classroom teachers and paraeducators to make appropriate classroom accommodations. They also form learning plans for students who are in need of individual or small group instruction for one or more subjects. Participation in the Special Education Program is preceded by a process consisting of a referral, an assessment procedure, and a placement decision. If you have concerns about your child's learning, please speak to your child's teacher to initiate a possible referral to the Special Education Department.

The CCS Special Education Handbook provides information about special education practices and procedures. It can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

The Special Education Department also assists teachers in providing extended learning opportunities for highly capable students through the Next Step program. A document explaining the Next Step program can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

For further information, please contact Mrs. D. Van Egmond. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOURCES:

For information about special education topics, and for home and school suggestions, see the following articles/resources:

1. Ontario Teacher's Federation: Teach Special Education
The teaching strategies and resources on this website have been organized along three main lines: student needs, formal exceptionalites, and diagnosed medical or psychological conditions. Related definitions, characteristics and resources are included for each area.

2. Special Needs Factsheets - Kids Health: The factsheets explain the basics about health conditions that can affect learning in the classroom, and offer quick tips on teaching strategies to help students succeed in school. Each factsheet features links to related resources for kids, teens, and their parents, as well as additional resources for teachers

COMMUNITY SERVICES:

If you have concerns about your child, such as behavioural, emotional, or developmental concerns, the following community services may benefit you. If you would like more information about the services, please contact Mrs. Van Egmond.
 
Contact by phone: 905-521-7950 
 
Family Resource Centre, McMaster Children's Hospital (courses, groups, workshops)
3. Contact Hamilton: Connection to agencies that provide services to children, youth, and their families
Speech and Language Development

5. P.A.L.S. Parents Advocacy Learning and Support Network: a network of parents and professionals dedicated to understanding and meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities and related conditions

6. Shalem Mental Health Network:  a Christian counseling center for families

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT:

1. Thinkfun: A variety of manipulative games to develop reasoning, logic, visual, memory, math skills, and more

2. Doing Mathematics with Your Child, Kindergarten to Grade 6, A Parent GuideA variety of activities and online resources to support your child's mathematics education.

3. Reading and Writing with Your Child, Kindergarten to Grade 6, A Parent GuideA variety of activities and online resources to support your child's reading and writing development.

4. iPad Apps: The following iPad apps offer interactive challenges and support for a variety of subjects

Math: 
Khan Academy: math instruction and practice, library content also includes science and humanities (all ages)
Motion Math: Hungry Fish Pro: addition and subtraction, including negatives (primary, junior)
Math Bingo: basic operation facts (primary)
Math Dots (Dinosaur): basic operation facts (primary)
Montessori Numbers - Math Activities for Kids: number sense to 1000 (primary)
Multiplication: Math Facts Card Matching Game (primary)
Multiplication+
Make-a-Mosaic: symmetry (primary)
My First 3D Puzzle: symmetry, geometric translations (primary)
iCAN Count Money Canada
Tell Time
Pizza Fractions 1, 2, 3, and 4
 
Writing:
AppWriter: speech to text application (all ages)
Memory Game Spelling Words (primary)
Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words (primary)
A+ Spelling Test: spelling practice for weekly tests (primary)
SpellingCity: spelling practice for weekly tests (primary)
ClaroPDF: speech to text feature for use with PDF documents

Reading:
Primary Apps
Bitsboard PRO: sight word recognition boards, including Fry Words to 1000
Starfall ABCs 
Starfall Learn to Read 
Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe Interactive Game
A-Z Reading -for primary/junior, leveled books and activities (yearly fee required)
 
Primary/Junior Apps
EPIC:- Unlimited Books for Kids
Kids Discover: multiple apps related to science and geography
A-Z Science: leveled books, experiments, science projects, PBL projects, and more (yearly fee required)
 
Claro ScanPen: text to speech feature for PDF documents

French:
French Best Dictionary: Translator: translates words and phrases, written and oral translations

Mind Stretching Puzzles: games to improve word meaning, logic, problem solving, reasoning, processing speed, visual and spatial thinking skills (Ages 7 to adult)
Rush Hour
Solitaire Chess
Chocolate Fix
Flow Free: Bridges
Dabble
LetsTans Kids
The Opposites
Lazors
MosaicHD
 

Special Education Faculty

Mrs. D. VanEgmond, Special Education Program Coordinator

Mrs. J. Bosveld, Special Education Teacher

Ms. A. Benjamins, Special Education Teacher
 
Special Education Staff: Personal Support Workers, Educational Assistants, Teacher Assistants
L. Belanger
T. Bouwers
T. Brouwer
G. Funes
R. Kieneker
S. Knevel
T. Kooistra
A. McKnight
M. Star
S. Tigchelaar
S. VanderMeulen
K. Vos
K. Zantingh
 
 Special Education Handbook for Parents, 2017-2018


NAME DESCRIPTION TYPE OF FILE  
581.2 Special Education Handbook for parents, September 2017 Office Download
587.1 The Next Step Program Office Download