Early elementary/primary - 6 years; Lead preschool/preK teacher - 8 years; Owner/director preschool/childcare business - 21 years; Curriculum designer/consultant - 10+ years.
I believe that young children learn best when, in an atmosphere of safety and trust, they are encouraged to explore materials and ideas, and they understand that what they do is important, and has an effect on others. Through active involvement with their environment, they add pieces of information to what they already know, thereby generating new understandings of the world around them. As we provide an enriched, stimulating environment, children are offered the opportunity to learn and develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary to becoming independent, productive individuals.
I have been working, playing and living with young children for 35 years, as a Kindergarten teacher, a preschool teacher, a childcare director and consultant, and as a mom. I hold a Certificate in Early Elementary (Primary) Education from Sydney Australia, and a Degree in Early Childhood Education from Seattle WA.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Basic Principles, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History, World History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Vocal Music, Other (Music), Physical Education, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Health, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Oral Communication, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Physical Therapy, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Occupational Therapy, Handwriting, Early Intervention, End of Year, Phonics, Classroom Community