Our Pre-K/Kindergarten program is a mixed-age indoor/outdoor program for 5’s and older 4-year-olds. Children are a part of a family and community outside of school and come to school with valuable life experiences that enrich and effect experiences in school.  To effectively meet the needs of children, priority is placed on establishing and maintaining partnerships with families and the community. Student learning and understanding occurs in different ways and at different rates for each child and these differences add to the value of the learning environment. Activities are planned to reinforce different styles of learning (multiple intelligences) whether it be through logic, music, language, nature, art, social, or visual-spatial modes. We also incorporate flexible, differentiated grouping so that every child receives appropriately challenging material. Along with this idea, teachers realize that learning to be a part of a larger group is essential at this stage of development and for future school success. Therefore, teachers provide opportunities daily for focused lessons, small or individual group work and for large group interactions. Additionally, we have five different outdoor areas of which we visit each afternoon. Spending time outdoors has been proven to be extremely beneficial for children in every area of development. Playground and forest time offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment.

 

Meet the Master Teacher:  Monica Shire

Monica has 19 years’ experience as an early childhood teacher in pre-k, kindergarten and first grade. She is a highly qualified teacher in special education (K-12) and is licensed to teach early childhood and elementary education and is an Early Childhood Administrator in Delaware.  She has presented workshops in Delaware, as well as in Idaho for NAEYC. Monica holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Idaho, a MS in Family Counseling from Liberty University as well as a Master’s certification in Educational Administration from the University of Delaware. She is currently a doctoral candidate in UD’s School of Education. She is an avid beekeeper and a lover of the great outdoors!