Instructor: Stacey Williams
Hi! My name is Stacey Williams and I'm a N.C. Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Ashe Early Learning Center. This will be my 13th year teaching Pre-K. I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2006. After graduation, I worked at a child care center in Watauga county as a Community Based Rehabilitative Service provider. Next, I taught Pre-K for Wilkes County Schools. I was there from 2007-2012. In 2012, I happily accepted a position with Ashe County Schools Pre-K program. From 2012-2017, I served the Ashe Early Learning Center Developmental Day classroom managing and serving Individualized Education Plans for children with special needs. This classroom served children with and without special needs. I am an Ashe County native, and look forward to the 2019-2020 school year for exciting exploration and learning with our youngest learners! Aside from teaching, I love being outdoors, hiking, traveling, sports, spending time with family and friends, reading, Netflix, and being active with my church! Let's work together to make it a great school year!
What does our day look like?
7:30-8:15 Children arrive/ Open centers
8:30-8:45 Large group meeting
8:45-9:45 Open centers/ Small groups
9:45-10:00 Clean up/ Bathroom/ Transition to outside
(During inclement weather or weather advisories, this gross motor time will be in the gym)
11:00-11:10 Prepare for lunch
11:10- 11:35 Lunch
11:35-12:00 Story time/ Literacy/ Prepare for rest time
12:00- 1:30 Transition to rest time/ Rest time/ Quiet activities
1:40-2:45 Open Centers/ Journals/ Prepare to go home
You will notice open center time is a large part of our day. Our North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten ECERS environmental guidelines state that open center time is 1/3 or substantial portion of the day. This time is also used for specific planning purposes based on children’s interests. We plan those activities around the children’s thoughts and ideas to promote higher learning. Research demonstrates that providing children this time with their interests’ in mind offers the optimal learning experience!
Daily, our children are invited in a classroom in which they explore learning centers. We have large group and small group meetings daily. Our children are assisted and guided in their communication to promote and enhance social skills. When a child has enhanced his/her social abilities, below are other skills we strive to work on while our children are engaged in learning centers.
*numbers and counting (also with one to one correspondence)
*identifying shapes and colors
*introducing the alphabet, and a phonemic program titled Letterland to explore alphabet letters, Letterland "letter names", and their sounds
*positional words such as over, under, around, between, etc...
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