Welcome to our Preschool classroom where we are busy with learning, socializing and building our skills! In this preschool we use Teaching Strategies which has 36 objectives for development and learning which are also aligned to the Ohio Early Learning Development Standards. We also use Handwriting Without Tears to practice writing our letters and numbers, Alphafriends for our letter recognition and sounds and Heggerty for language and literacy development.
I create weekly activity plans that are based on a theme. Everyday our day includes a language and literacy activity, math, social studies, science and technology, social-emotional, physical and an art or singing experience. Some of our activities are whole group while others are small group or one-on-one. Everyday we have planned activities that the children are encouraged to explore independently during our "center-time". I believe that preschool should be fun, engaging and instill a love of learning in all children. I provide these oportunities through song, stories, games and hands-on activities thus helping to build independence and social and cognitive skills.
I use positive discipline in my classroom. I base my classroom values around the book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud. I encourage the kids to make smart choices and be a "bucket filler" not a "bucket dipper". If I see that a child is having difficulty controlling their body or following the rules then that child may be asked to "take a break". During that time, I will talk to the child about their behavior and we will discuss a better choice that we could make so that they may return to their activity. We always strive to have a "bucket filling" year!
**These are the basic rules that I enforce to help the children to be respectful and safe in our classroom:
Our Classroom Rules
*Follow Directions Quickly
*Raise Your Hand to Talk
*Use Helpful Hands and Words
*Use Inside Voices
*Make Smart Choices
If you have any other questions or concerns about the program, please do not hesitate to ask!