UW-Platteville Children's Center Room

We invite you to learn more about the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Children's Center classroom age ranges, activities for the children and our lead teachers.

Caterpillar Room

Age Group: 6 weeks-1 year
Lead Teacher: Megan Graber

Bumblebee Room

Age Group: 1-2 years
Lead Teacher: Rebecca Swenson 

In the Bumblebee Room, children learn through hands-on activities and through play. Themes will be chosen every two to three weeks to provide the children with new learning opportunities. The classroom is divided into centers to allow the children to choose different forms of play: art (paint, color, draw, create), blocks, reading, and dramatic play (dress-up).

There are many opportunities for the children to play, interact, and learn with their friends. The activities and projects are planned to help the children become more independent with their self-help skills as well as their small and large motor skills. The children also begin to learn how to socially act with their friends and teachers. This will ultimately lead to their future success in school and in life.  Naptime and mealtimes are adjusted to meet the needs of the individual children.

The Bumblebee Room is a nurturing environment scaled to the size and ability of a one-year-old. Opportunities for independence and mastery of self-care tasks such as eating, dressing, and toileting are provided. Each child is respected as an individual with a limitless capacity to develop and learn.

Butterfly Room

Age Group: 2-3 years
Lead Teacher Sarah Fink

UW-Platteville Children's Center Blue Room

In the Butterfly Room, learning continues through hands-on activities and through play. Themes will be chosen every two to three weeks to allow children to learn about different people, place, and things. The areas of the room are divided so that children can choose different forms of play including: art (paint, color, draw, create), blocks, reading, and dramatic play (dress-up).

There are many opportunities for the children to play, interact, and learn with their friends. The activities and projects are planned to help the children become more independent with their self-help skills as well as their small and large motor skills. The children also learn how to socially act with their friends and teachers. This will ultimately lead to their future success in school and in life.

The Butterfly Room is a nurturing environment scaled to the size and ability of a two-year-old. Opportunities for independence and mastery of self-care tasks such as eating, dressing, and toileting are provided. Each child is respected as an individual with a limitless capacity to develop and learn.

Ladybug Room

Age Group: 3-5 Years
Lead Teacher: Carrie Busse

UW-Platteville Children's Center Red Room

Welcome to the Ladybug Room!  The Ladybug Room is full of opportunities to grow and learn together throughout the day. Children will learn through a play-based curriculum that focuses on many early literacy skills. Children will be offered choices of play-based centers throughout the room according to the monthly theme. Children will be given the chance to develop social skills while working in centers, motor skills with planned arts and crafts, independent skills, and how to be responsible for their own actions. The Ladybug Room is a welcoming place where children learn to respect themselves and others.

In the Ladybug Room, learning continues through hands-on activities and through play as in our other classrooms. There are many opportunities for the children to play and interact with friends while learning. The activities and projects are planned to help the children become more independent with their self-help skills as well as their small and large motor skills. The children also learn how to socially interact with their friends and teachers.

The children are exposed to many early literacy skills. They are encouraged to be independent and responsible for their own actions. The Ladybug Room is a place where children are all "friends" and low and respect is shown to everyone who enters

In the Ladybug 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. 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.

Ladybug Room lessons are developed and taught utilizing the Creative Curriculum 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. Developmentally appropriate hands-on experiences and lessons are provided to ensure that the children are learning creatively. In addition, lessons are supported by utilizing technology such as the SMARTBoard and iPads, arranging various field trips, and inviting UW-Platteville staff and other community members to discuss and share their life experiences and talents. Recently 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 and Neal Wilkins, since many of our student go on to attend 4-K.

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 in the Ladybug Room