Degrees and Certifications:
My name is Deana (dee-na) Moore. I have been teaching Early Childhood Special Education and PreK at Dayton's Bluff since 2014 but have been teaching since 1998. For my Bachelor's degree I studied Child Psychology and Early Childhood education at the University of Minnesota. My Master's degrees are in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
At home, I enjoy cooking, gardening, and creating classroom materials. I have a 19 year old son, Nate, who is a student at Winona State University and a sweet dog named Finnigan (Finny). I grew up in the southwestern United States and moved to Minnesota in 1993. My favorite things about Minnesota are the varied seasons and how each one is unique and special.
I love being a teacher of young children. I value teaching my students to be independent, hard-working, and creative. I believe my most important jobs are to teach my PreK students how to have love and enthusiasm for school and how to negotiate and have positive social interactions with their peers. My favorite part of the day is Large Group Meeting time. It is so fun to teach the children new songs, vocabulary, introduce them to all kinds of literature that they might not be exposed to!
“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.”
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.”
8:15am Arrival/Ease into the Day
9:00am Morning Meeting
9:20am Small Group
9:35am Active Learning
10:30am Regroup to Revisit
1:00pm Arrival/Ease into the Day
1:10pm Afternoon Meeting
1:30pm Small Group
1:45pm Active Learning
2:30pm Regroup to Revisit