Degrees and Certifications:
I have been teaching PreK at Dayton's Bluff Elementary since 2013. I love to watch our youngest learners grow so much academically, socially, physically, and emotionally throughout their PreK year. I love to see their excitement when they finally accomplish something. Everyday is a new day and a new adventure with our students.
I have a husband, a son who starts middle school this year, and a dog. I love summer and the hot weather, I am definitely not a fan of the cold! My favorite activities in the summer are camping and hiking. My favorite activity in the winter is to hibernate! When I have time I like to read and scrapbook.
BA - Elementary Education, PreK-6 (Augsburg)
MA - Masters in Educational Technology (Concordia)
Practice writing your child’s name every day. Writing on a vertical surface helps your child build their pencil grip, works on arm strength and flexibility, and it also helps with visual attention and eye-hand coordination. If you don’t have a vertical surface, don’t worry - practice where ever you can with whatever you have. Use crayons, markers, pencils, pens, chalk on paper, sidewalks, white boards, chalk boards, magna doodles, and more. Help your child learn the letters in their name while they are writing; you say the letter and have them repeat.
What does your child need to know before they are ready to start learning their letters? Shapes and colors!
Help your child learn their colors by naming colors as you see them and having them repeat you. When talking about objects identify the color, “Look at that big red truck!” Ask them questions about things they see, “What color is that bird?” Play I Spy – “I spy something red….” Talk about the colors they are using as they are coloring or painting. While reading a story, talk about the colors in the pictures.
Help your child learn their shapes much like you help them learn their colors. Point them out, identify them, ask them questions, and talk, talk, talk. Another helpful way to learn shapes is to describe the shapes, “A triangle has three sides and three corners.” or “A square has four sides that are the same size and it has four corners
All Day PreK
8:15 Arrival/Sign In/Ease In
9:00 Morning Meeting
9:20 Literacy Small Group
9:50 Active Learning
11:30 Math Small Group
1:10 Rest Time
1:50 Active Learning
2:30 Regroup to Revisit