Essential foundations for life-long learning begins with a solid understanding of literacy and mathematics. Math Investigations and the research-based phonics program Fundations, are integrated into the exploratory arts, self-discovery, and social interaction. Outside the classroom, children learn responsible citizenship through service projects, such as spending time with the elderly at Mountain Care and donating food to those in need. Our first quarter focuses on attributes and kindergartners learn to sort and compare a variety of things- from buttons to seasons to even each other! We then discuss culture and how we celebrate different customs during fall and winter months. In the 3rd nine weeks, our science focus is forces and motion, and we enjoy participating in several experiments that are included in our school-wide STEAM event. Finally, we study the WNC environment with a unit centered around our local freshwater habitats and their importance to our area.
About the Kindergarten Staff
Simone holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder and completed the Teacher Education Program through Adult and Graduate Studies at Mars Hill University to obtain licensure in Elementary Education and Exceptional Children. Simone’s love of teaching started by being a music teacher after completing the teacher training for Music Together at the Center For Music for Young Children in Princeton, NJ. For ten years following Simone worked as an associate teacher in kindergarten, second grade, and with children with exceptional needs in grades 2-8 at Evergreen Community Charter School. Prior to teaching Simone was a floral designer, and a journalist for Florist’s Review magazine. In her free time, Simone loves to read, write, enjoy music, garden, and go for hikes with her husband and daughter.