Preschool and T4K Classrooms

Kids

Our preschool program will begin to prepare your child for kindergarten and beyond. Your child will begin his/her adventure in the Bumblebee classroom, followed by the Caterpillar classroom, then move on to the Firefly room. We are also a partner site with the Monona Grove School District’s Together-4-Kids (T4K) Pre-K program. Children in the pre-school program will be grouped with peers they will likely be with in kindergarten. Each classroom is set up and equipped with appropriate furniture, toys and educational materials. Your child will learn to share, take turns, and follow directions; skills that will translate to a successful school career.

Classroom Welcome Letters


Welcome to the Bumblebee Classroom!

Bumblebee Classroom

We are happy to welcome you to the Bumblebee classroom. This room is full of happy, energetic, silly, and loving two and a half and three year olds. We love learning, playing, singing, dancing, reading stories, and telling stories. We also form great bonds and relationships with our friends and teachers.

Schedule

The Bumblebee room is organized with many different areas which allow the children to explore, play, and learn. We also enjoy being creative during art time, and have a blast during sensory activities. Our work is sometimes messy but it is ALWAYS FUN!

Cubbies

Your children will have two cubbies in the Bumblebee classroom. One cubby will be located in the bathroom where their extra clothes will be stored. Their other cubby will be located along the wall and can be used for hats, mittens, sunglasses, or any special nap blanket or stuffed animal that needs to be taken home on a daily basis. We ask that no food/drink or medication be stored in either of these cubbies due to the safety of all children.

Bathroom

The Bumblebee room has its own bathroom located in the classroom with two toilets. The bathrooms are monitored at all times because so many children are just learning how to use the potty. We encourage every child to try to use the potty at each bathroom time. If your child is in the process of potty training, we encourage families to bring in pull-ups rather than diapers so that your child can become more independent when using the potty. If your child is not yet potty trained you are responsible for bringing in the appropriate diapering needs for them.

Communication

Our classroom is open to communicating with the families at all times. The best time to address us with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have is at drop off and pick up time or to call us from 12:30 to 2:00.

We enjoy having all children in our care and feel that every child is unique and special. We enjoy teaching your child as well as learning from them. Our goal is for each child to respect themselves, each other, and their teachers. Just as we respect each individual child for whom they are.

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Welcome to the Caterpillar Classroom!

Caterpillar Classroom

As you walk into our room you will notice many different areas of interest for the children. The front window is our “waving goodbye window.” Our classroom is used as an opening and closing room each day so you may see other children in our room if you arrive early and or later in the day.

Schedule

The Caterpillar room is organized with many different areas which allow the children to explore, play, and learn. Generally most of our structured preschool activities are scheduled in the morning with most of the open ended learning activities in the afternoon. A more detailed daily routine is posted in the classroom.

Curriculum

We use Teaching Statuaries Creative Curriculum in our classroom. It is play-based and aligns with The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. The curriculum schedule covers the developmental domains for young learners such as; literacy, math, science, creative arts, sensory, dramatic play, music/movement, social interactions, independence and small/large motor development.

Classroom Layout

The group rug is an area used for class discussions, stories, calendar, weather, singing, dancing and group games. Our loft has soft areas for relaxing, stuffed animals, and a library full of good books to read alone or with friends. The loft is also a great place to use as an observation tower to see what is going on in the rest of the classroom. The dramatic play area is under the loft. It has a variety of kitchen equipment, food, dishes, dolls, dress up clothes and shoes. This area is often transformed into a hospital, veterinarian clinic or grocery store. The table area has games, puzzles, pattern pictures and lots of other fun activities that are rotated often. We also have a sensory area with bins that are filled with water, sand, bird seed, soil or rice. The block area is very busy place with an assortment of blocks, cars, trucks, train table, and animals. The art area contains a variety of supplies including markers, crayons, paints and an easel.

Cubbies

Your children will have a cubbie and coat hook area that is located near the parent board. We ask that no food/drink or medication be stored in these cubbies due to the safety of all children.

Bathroom

The Caterpillar room has its own bathroom located in the classroom with two toilets. We encourage every child to try to use the potty after each meal and before rest time. If your child is in the process of potty training we encourage families to bring in pull-ups rather than diapers so that your child can become more independent when using the potty.

Communication

Our classroom is open to communicating with families at all times, the best time to address us with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have is at drop off and pick up time or the best time to call is in the early afternoon (12:30 to 1:30).

We look forward to getting to know you and your child.

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Welcome to the Firefly Classroom!

Firefly Classroom

The Firefly Classroom is buzzing with excitement! This is a time for friendships to blossom. Many of the children in this room will be enrolled in our Monona Grove district T4K classroom for a couple hours in the morning. Academics are incorporated into the learning centers for children to apply and expand their learning. Learning centers are designated to a specific type of play (dramatic play, block, sensory, science, art music etc.). The children will be introduced to art history with storybooks about the life and art techniques of famous artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh and Henri Matisse. The children will get a chance to try out their own interpretations of each artist’s techniques or famous work. Music and musical instruments are available for daily entertainment. There will also be plenty of time for playground and nature exploration.

Curriculum

The Firefly Room uses Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum. The comprehensive curriculum defines what to teach; why the content and skills are appropriate expectations for young children; and where, when and how to teach effectively. It is linked to an assessment system so that teachers can use the information from assessment to plan and guide instruction.

Cubbies

Children's cubbies are used to store an extra set of clothes and personal belongings. No food or medication is allowed in the cubbies due to the safety of all the children.

Bathroom

Children use the bathroom independently throughout the day. There is one bathroom with two toilets located in the classroom. Children are only allowed to use the restroom with the same gender. Children are given reminders before and after nap and before outside time. Also, when we see the “potty dance” children are reminded to use the bathroom. Please speak with the teachers if your child is currently potty training or requires regular assistance reminders.

Communication

Verbal communication works best in the classroom. If this does not work for you feel free to call with questions, concerns, or progress updates on your child. The best time to call to talk to a teacher is between 12:30 and 1:30.

Progress Reports and phone conferences are scheduled twice each academic school year. Your child's portfolio will be completed and sent home at the end of the year.

We enjoy working with children and truly love this profession. Thank you for choosing Learning Ladder as your caregiver. We look forward to being your child's teacher and getting to know your family.

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Welcome to the T4K Classroom!

T4K Classroom

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the T4K Classroom. This dual purpose classroom serves T4K students in the morning and our school age students after school and days off. Our classroom is designed to allow children the opportunity to move around freely for play and learning. Each section of the classroom is designated to a specific type of play. We are flexible, however, and willing to extend the play based on the interests of the children. Our bathrooms are located just outside of the classroom and are separated by gender. Each child has his/her own individual bucket to keep personal belongings in. The buckets and coat hooks are located just outside the classroom. Students are allowed to use both of these areas, but need to have permission from a teacher to leave the room. This allows the students the opportunity to develop a new sense of independence as they prepare for school years.

Also located just outside the classroom you will find a parent communication area. This area is meant for parents to sign their child in and out, receive information from office personnel and any other classroom or building updates. As teachers of this classroom, we also welcome one on one communication with parents. Feel free to address us with any concerns or issues at your child's pick up or drop off times. The success of this room and Learning Ladder is to have clear and positive communication between the teachers and the parents.

Due to the multiple use of the classroom the schedules vary. The T4K program uses a specific curriculum that is designated by the Monona Grove School District. The schedule allows children the opportunity to explore the world of play and includes an introduction to early literacy and numeracy. The butterfly schedule allows the student’s time to unwind from a busy day at school, eat a nutritious snack, engage in small and large motor activities, and play time outside.

What makes the T4K room special?: This room is unique in that it services two different groups of students in a similar fashion. More importantly students that participate in the T4K program at Learning Ladder find consistency in this room. As they grow in age they continue with the same set of students and expectations. Many children find it comforting to remain with the same teacher or friends during these beginning years. This consistency helps students transition to a more conventional school setting.

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