4dOur Pre-K program for 4’s and older 3 year olds focuses on helping children understand what it means to be a part of a “community.” As children approach 4 years old they become more independent and interested in their peers. Learning to be a member of a diverse community and to establish and sustain friendships involves complex planning, 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 their community.  Skills such as the ability to communicate with others, problem solve, perspective take, demonstrate focus and self-control, think critically, identify and deal with emotions, and to take on challenges are foundational skills needed to become a competent learner of science, math and literacy in PreK and to thrive in the diverse, ever- changing world that they are growing up in.

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.