ABOUT THE GREEN ROOM
Age Group: 3-5 Years
In the Green Room, there are many opportunities for the children to grow and learn. Hands-on activities and play are used extensively in the learning process. The room is divided into several unique centers that change throughout the year and each day the children are allowed to choose which center to play in. Typically, the classroom revolves around a theme that is offered to the children for two to three weeks at a time. The activities and projects help the children become more independent by teaching them how to socially interact with each other and adults, and by showing them how to care for themselves physically.
Green Room lessons are developed and taught utilizing the Tools of the Mind philosophy. The lessons appeal to multiple learning styles, provide real world connections, allow students to explore curriculum in a variety of ways, and accommodate the diverse academic needs of students. Hands-on experiences and lessons are provided to ensure that the children are learning creatively and are developmentally appropriate. In addition, lessons are supported by utilizing technology such as the SMARTBoard and i-pads, arranging various field-trips, and inviting UW-Platteville staff and other community members to discuss and share their life experiences and talents. Last year we incorporated Jolly Phonics into our curriculum. In an effort to support each child’s learning of the material we have coordinated with the Pre-K Teachers at Neal Wilkins, since many of our students attend 4-K on alternate days.
The partnership between parents and teachers in a child’s education is essential. Because parents want their children to succeed and want to be kept informed about what and how their child is doing in school, frequent communication and collaboration between parents and teachers is a practice we have implemented into the Green Room.
- College/University Attended: University of Wisconsin-Platteville
- Degree/s Earned: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
- Minor/s: Early Childhood Education; Special Education Inclusion
- Year/s Graduated: 2012
Why I Love Teaching
Teaching is a true passion of mine. My experiences during my schooling are what sparked my interest of teaching children not only to their best level of learning but also so they will acquire the skills they need to be successful in years to come. Teachers that I have had in the past were my inspiration to touch lives the way that they touched mine. They were personable, respectful, and shared their values and experiences to help me be successful and learn to stand for my beliefs. I want to be the positive, fun, early schooling experience that will instill the love of learning that I have, into the children. I love teaching because watching the students learn throughout the year and connecting concepts and ideas is the best feeling in the world! Every day is a new day and I learn along with the students. I am also a child at heart and helping the children to learn through play is the best job ever. There is no limit to what they can learn with a few props and friends. Everything from colors, counting, and shapes to social skills, facts, exploration, and questioning. All of these things are important in the development of each child’s approach to learning.