Welcome to Pre-K!!
I am so excited for a year of fun-filled activities. The children will not only be having “fun” but in the process learning many valuable lessons along the way. From now until the end of the school year our focus will be on learning independence, building friendships, and establishing routines. My philosophy in teaching young children is that they are just that young children. They need the opportunity to be children and to have lessons and activities which are age-appropriate. Over extending children at this age where they could become frustrated is not only unproductive but sets the stage for learning to be an unpleasant journey. Playing and socializing is how children at this age learn. Hands on is very much a part of our Early Childhood Program. It is my hope that every child leaves my classroom happy and ready to learn!
The Pre-Kindergarten at St. Stephens is a complete readiness program that involves all curriculum areas of readiness. Here is an example of what each curriculum area offers the children throughout the school year:
READING: The focus in reading is comprehension, building listening skills, sight words, and exploring alphabet knowledge.
RELIGION: We highlight character traits and various religious themes such as, family, friends, church, religious holidays and reinforce kindness and service throughout the school year.
MATH: Our focus in this area is numbers, sequencing, tracing and recognizing numbers. Putting objects in sets and counting up to 50. The children will learn about items that go together and things that do and do not belong together.
SOCIAL/SCIENCE: The children will learn about various themes during each season. Fall, Winter ,Spring and Summer each have various lessons and crafts to highlight each season. The children will also do various simple science experiments.
FINE AND GROSS MOTOR: This is a very important part of our day. We use the gym daily after lunch for exercise or go outside weather permitting. Cutting, using play dough and gluing are great activities to enhance fine motor development.
The Pre-K children will have the opportunity to experience computer, art, fine motor art, gym, library and music classes each week. These specials will enhance our classroom learning experiences and add another dimension to their readiness experiences.
My hope is that all the children who come to St. Stephens Pre-K leaves in June with fond memories and a wealth of knowledge to help them begin their journey of learning.
*The Pre-K children do STREAM each week. This usually involves a science experiment enhancing a lesson we worked on during the week. STREAM takes place each Friday afternoon.
I AM A GRADUATE OF MEDAILLE COLLEGE. I RECEIVED MY MASTERS FROM BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE.
I HAVE BEEN TEACHING AT ST. STEPHENS SCHOOL FOR OVER 25 YEARS NOW. I WAS HONORED TO RECEIVE THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR RECOGNITION FROM THE GRAND ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. I WAS ALSO NOMINATED FOR THE DISNEY TEACHER HAND AWARD.
AT STEPHENS I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN MENTORING THE COOKING CLUB, STUDENT COUNCIL AND OUR MOTHER’S DAY TEA. I ALSO SERVE AS THE TEACHER COORDINATOR FOR THE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS.
I HAVE SERVED ON THE MIDDLE STATES ACCREDIATION COMMITTEE WHICH VISITS SCHOOLS WHO WISH TO HAVE THEIR SCHOOL RECOGNIZED FOR VARIOUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS. I GREW UP ON GRAND ISLAND BUT CURRENTLY RESIDE IN NIAGARA FALLS. I HAVE 2 BROTHERS AND THEIR WIVES, 2 NEPHEWS AND 5 NIECES.