7:45-8:15 Arrival/sign-in/open Learning Centers
8:15-8:45 Gathering time-Prayer, Group Instruction, Discussion of Daily Events
8:45-9:15 Open Learning Centers
9:30-10:15 Outside/Gross Motor
10:15-11:00 Small Group Instruction/Table Work (bible, math, science, etc.)
11:30-12:15 Outdoor/Gross Motor
12:15-12:30 Singing/Storytime/Fingerplays & Half-Day Parent Pick-Up
12:30-12:45 Individual Reading Time
12:45-2:45 Rest Time- Nap Pads and Quiet Centers
2:45-3:20 Wake-Up/Quiet Centers & Table Work
* This schedule may change a bit before the start of the 2018/19 school year.
* Friday Early Release at 12:45
How We Learn
In K3, our focus will be on strengthening the small muscles in the wrist and hand through fine motor activities. Squeezing play dough, pinching clothespins, and hole punching card stick are examples of ways that we will do this. We will also work on letter and letter sound recognition, and learning that words and sentences go from left to right. We do this mostly by reading, reading , and more reading! We also have fun games and songs that will help is accomplish this. We want each child to learn how to recognize, and then write their name by the end of the year.
Math and science will be incorporated into our day in many ways. We will count almost everything, play games, sing songs, and read books that include number recognition and counting. Our Block center and sensory table will be an integral part of our play. These areas will allow the children to experiment with size, shape, number, order, area, length, pattern, and weight. Children can practice comparison, measurement, and classification, among other essential thinking skills. We will spend time outdoors exploring our world, and we will have a science and math center where children can explore natural materials, manipulate counting cubes, and learn about weather.
Develop Social & Emotional Skills
These are the most important skills your child will develop. Social and emotional learning is integrated into everything that we do. Every interaction your child has at this age is a learning experience. In K3 we will work on establishing healthy relationships with peers, recognizing and managing emotions, and learning self control.
We will be using the Bible, by the publisher Purposeful Design. This is a fantastic curriculum developed for children ages 3-5. We will be learning about the Old and New Testament through games, songs, worksheets and stories.
A Little Bit About Myself!
I have a wonderful family. Thomas (4) and Evelyn (2) will both be attending Trinity next year, and my husband works as a Researcher at SIU in the Department of Agriculture. I love to be outside and I believe that the best way to learn about and enjoy this beautiful world that God has given us, is go get outside and embrace it. I love to hike, climb, spend time on the lake, read books with my children and make mud pies. I have worked with children, both young and old throughout my career. While earning my Bachelors degree, I worked as a preschool teacher at the Child Development Lab at SIU. Upon graduation, I took a position as a researcher and studied executive function in preschoolers. I went on to earn my Master's in Educational Psychology and worked for several years as an elementary and middle school counselor. After the birth of my son, I decided to switch gears and focus on early education. I am so very excited about sharing my passion for learning with the families at Trinity. I hope you will join us!