Our multi-age Pre-K program for 4’s and older 3-year-olds focuses on two overarching learning goals.
The first, helping children understand what it means to be a part of a diverse “community.” As 3 and 4 years old, children become increasingly more independent and interested in their peers and able to contribute to the planning and caring of the community. They begin to explore and develop friendships and to deepen their understanding of what it means to create and carry out ‘a plan’ that incorporates more than just their own wants and ideas. Learning to be a member of a diverse community and to establish and sustain friendships involves complex planning, the ability to identify and effectively communicate ideas and feelings, perspective taking, perseverance and compromise so these skills are intentionally taught and promoted. Children are supported in actively contributing to the care of their classroom and in advocating and caring for their own needs and the needs of other people and things in the classroom, school and broader community.
The second area of focus relates to the development of learning skills and content knowledge. Becoming a lifelong learner entails not only the mastery of developmentally appropriate content but also the strengthening of learning habits and attitudes that serve to sustain the child’s innate sense of wonder and curiosity. Through ongoing observation, reflection and dialogue, teachers, children and families work together to uncover who each child is as a learner and to create opportunities and experiences that sustain a love of learning and that target the attainment of essential literacy, math and other content area skills, while also promoting the development of curiosity, problem-solving, focus, self-regulation, critical thinking, and the ability to take on challenges and persevere.
Meet the Master Teacher: Laura Morris Reardon
Laura has a MS in Elementary Education and a BS in Preschool and Kindergarten Education and Young Exceptional Children. She has a Delaware Department of Education Early Childhood Administrator Certificate with Specialized Training Credentials for School age and Infant/Toddler. She is a certified Master Instructor in the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood. Laura has over 18 years of teaching experience in both public and private settings serving children and their families from 3 to 18 years of age in both inclusive and special education settings and over 10 years of experience supervising and supporting student teachers and other adult learners. In addition, Laura has presented numerous workshops both locally and nationally, as well as, co-authored a chapter in the recently released book, Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century.