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
Megan Alexsa graduated from SUNY New Paltz in May of 2011, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd grade) with a concentration in History. She has since received the New York State Initial Certification in Elementary Education (1st-6th grade). For the past ten years, Megan has worked at The Little Gym in Kingston and Colonie and most recently as its Regional Director, teaching motor-skill development classes to children ages four months to 12 years. While at The Little Gym, Megan also created, and was responsible for growing the preschool program: The WonderKids Club. She earned high marks for the quality and creativity of the lesson plans and instructional materials used. She is currently working on her Master’s in Literacy (Birth-6th grade) at SUNY Albany. When not teaching or studying, Megan enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. She loves running and has participated in several half-marathons throughout the years.
Pamela (Pam) Smith, Teaching Assistant, PreK Room
Miguele Gonzales, Teaching Assistant, PreK Room
Jarret Ferreira, Teaching Assistant, PreK Room