Degrees and Certifications:
BA - Child Psychology and Early Childhood Education, University of Minnesota MA - Elementary Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Deana (dee-na) Moore has been teaching Early Childhood Special Education and PreK at Dayton's Bluff since 2014 but has been teaching since 1998. She received her bachelor's degree in Child Psychology, her early childhood, early childhood special education, and elementary teaching degrees/licenses at the University of Minnesota and her Masters degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders at Concordia University. She has experience teaching 1st/2nd grade, PreK, 3 year olds, and early childhood special education in both Minnesota and Arizona.
At home, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and creating classroom materials. Her favorite things to cook are Italian food and she loves trying new recipes. She is passionate about teaching special education students in the general education PreK and spends much of her time adapting and modifying the curriculum so that all students can learn.
Ms. Deana has a 21 year old son, Nate, who is a student at Winona State University and an extremely spoiled 2 year old French Bulldog named Maddie. Ms. Deana grew up in the southwestern United States (Arizona and California) and moved to Minnesota in 1993. Her favorite things about Minnesota are the varied seasons and how each one is unique and special. She currently resides in Apple Valley.
In her professional life, Ms. Deana loves being a teacher of young children. She values teaching students to be independent, hard-working, and creative. She believes her most important jobs are to teach her PreK students how to have love and enthusiasm for school and how to negotiate and have positive social interactions with their peers. Her favorite part of the day is Large Group Meeting time. She finds it fun to teach the children new songs, vocabulary, and introducing them to different kinds of literature that they might not be exposed to!
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.
Sorting Means: Putting things together that are the same. Same Size, Same Shape, Same Color.
Help your child practice sorting at home. Have them sort the dirt laundry (darks and lights), or the clean laundry (socks, underwear, pants, etc.). Have your child sort their toys before putting them away or while playing with them. Make sure they tell you how they sorted (by size, shape, color, type).
7:15am Arrival/Ease into the Day
8:00am Morning Meeting
8:15am Small Group
8:30am Active Learning
9:40am Regroup to Revisit
11:30am Arrival/Ease into the Day
11:40am Afternoon Meeting
12:30pm Small Group
12:45pm Active Learning
1:30pm Regroup to Revisit