Ages 4-5 years old
This is an exciting year for children, the year before Kindergarten. They are learning more about themselves, their own unlimited potential and how exciting the world around them can be. Our teachers want the children to feel safe and secure, knowing that adults are there to support them. We give the children opportunities to explore, to navigate, to solve problems and to ask questions. We help them learn who they are and that what they think, say and do are valued. They also learn how to make friends and build social skills. Our goal is that they enter Kindergarten loving themselves, loving school and trusting the fact that they can do anything! Through a child-friendly and hands-on curriculum, we prepare the children with the necessary knowledge and skills for Kindergarten. Children learn by moving, touching, manipulating and exploring. We provide materials and time, and we provide an adult to child ratio (at least three adults in the room at all times) that ensures that our teaching faculty is focused on individual children’s strengths and needs so that each child is able to learn as his or her own pace. The children have the opportunity to learn how to make decisions, engage in critical thinking and to learn how to identify and solve problems – skills that will enable them to be high-level thinkers and learners throughout life.
Teacher, PreK Room
Katrisha Aurich graduated from Dominican College in May, 2017. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education with a concentration in History.She is currently in the process of pursuing her New York State Certification in both Early Childhood and Childhood Education. Katrisha was previously a Teacher’s Assistant in the UPK classroom and before that she worked at a summer camp for children with special needs. She was also a Head Counselor at another summer camp and was in charge of curriculum development for the program. When she is not teaching she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family and friends.
Arabelle Lysius, Teaching Assistant, PreK Room
Miguele Gonzales, Teaching Assistant, PreK Room
Tatiana Spillman, Teaching Assistant, PreK Room