Our Pre-K/Kindergarten program is a mixed-age 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 reinforcing 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.
Meet the Master Teacher: Monica Shire
Monica has sixteen 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. Monica holds a BS in Early Childhood Education, a MS in Family Counseling as well as a Master’s certification in Educational Administration and Early Childhood Administrator in Delaware.