Degrees and Certifications:
BA - Elementary Education, PreK-6 (Augsburg) MA - Educational Technology (Concordia)
Stacy Shirley began teaching PreK at Dayton's Bluff Elementary in 2013. She has a Bachelors of Art in Education from Augsburg College (2000) and a Masters of Education in Educational Technology from Concordia (2018).
Stacy's favorite season is summer during which she likes to go camping and hiking with her family. During the winter she prefers to hibernate and read.
Ms. Stacy lives in Elko New Market, south of the cities. She lives with her husband, son, and a small dog in house that backs up to a wooded hill. The wildlife (deer, birds, owls, turkeys, and more) in her backyard provide lots of entertainment.
Stacy loves to watch our youngest learners grow academically, socially, physically, and emotionally throughout their PreK year. Student's excitement when they finally accomplish something is one of her favorite parts of teaching. Everyday is a new day and a new adventure with our students at Dayton's Bluff.
“Letters, letters, letters have names. What is the name of this letter?”
Start with the letters in your child’s name. Point to each letter and say the name. Look for the same letters in books and on signs. Write the letters of their names on a piece of paper and cut them apart to create a puzzle. Say the letters as they put them back together. Once they are able to say their letters consistently add a couple more to practice. Play the alphabet game while in the car, on the bus, out for a walk, or while shopping. Look for the letter “Aa,” once it is found look for the letter “Bb,” keep going until you get to “Zz.”
Need more help – check out this letter and letter sound playlist on YouTube.
AB Pattern has two attributes that repeat, such as shapes or colors. (Example: Red, Blue, Red, Blue, Red, Blue….. or circle, square, circle, square, circle…..) Practice making AB patterns with anything you can find at home; toys, clothes, eating utensils, etc. Draw a picture of an AB pattern. Make an AB Pattern with sounds, such as clap, snap, clap, snap… or stomp, yell, stomp, yell… etc.
Once AB patterns become easy trying a more complex pattern such as ABC (red, blue, green, red, blue, green….) or AAB (red, red, blue, red, red, blue…).
All Day PreK
7:55 Sign In/Ease In
8:10 Morning Meeting
9:00 Literacy Small Group
9:30 Active Learning
10:15 Math Small Groups
12:15 Rest Time
12:45 Independent Reading
12:55 Active Learning
1:30 Regroup to Revisit