Metairie Pre-K/Kindergarten Class
The Pre-K/K class has a very welcoming and spacious outlay that makes for a conducive environment to choose work. With an abundance of windows luminating the class and allowing natural sunlight to flow through, the sounds of nature are in full throttle. Children in the Pre-K/K class are in a prepared learning environment designed to meet their individual needs and to assure them the opportunity to reach their full potential. The shelves in the Pre-K/Kindergarten class are lined with works that are progressive, moving from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. All is designed around the developmental needs as well as the interests of the individual child, based on the observations of the Montessori teacher, trained to identify those needs as they occur. Math, Language, Sensorial, Practical Life, Science, Geography, and The Arts are all part of the three-year program.
In the multi-age 3-year Pre-K/K program, the young child has the opportunity to look to the older child for social and academic guidance. In return, the older child has the opportunity to develop a high level of self-esteem and most certainly a greater sense of responsibility. This provides the basis for a high sense of community within the classroom and among the children as individuals. The development of the child--mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally is enhanced by the multi-age status of the classroom. With a great emphasis on the lessons of Grace and Courtesy, the child learns respect for his peers, for his environment, and for the world in which he lives. Academically, socially, and emotionally, each year provides a unique opportunity for the child to advance so that by the end of his third year, he is ready to meet all the challenges of first grade in every way.
The Pre-K/K child is exposed to exercises that employ movement, manipulatives, and free choice (within limits). In the Montessori class, free choice means the child may choose work on which he has had a lesson; work that he uses properly and returns properly and to work in groups with his peers. From following these guidelines, the child develops a sense of personal responsibility for making the right choice to properly care for his environment and his peers by putting his work away in consideration of the next person wanting to use the work. He develops a sense of independence by learning, through Practical Life activities, how to wash, clean and dry his work as necessary, sweep the floor, scrub the table and chairs, mop, bake, sew on a button, etc. He learns how to use his words with a peer when he is angry, hurt, or not understanding. At the conclusion of this 3-year program, the child is well on his way to becoming a good citizen of the world, of reaching his full potential as a human being, and most importantly, for becoming a life-long learner.
Ms. Michele joined our Kinder Haus staff full time in January 2010. She is the mother of two children, Brianna and Brian. She has previous experience working in traditional preschool programs. Ms. Michele received her Montessori certification through North American Montessori Center. Some of her interests in her free time are reading, writing, being outdoors, and spending time with her children.
PreK/Kindergarten Team Member
Mrs. Kelly joined our team in the Spring of 2016 as a substitute teacher. Mrs. Kelly is so kind, patient and conscientious. She has 11 years of teaching experience and is highly motivated and committed to ongoing profession development. Mrs. Kelly says, “Kindness and patience are both important factors when teaching young children. Through kindness and patience, we can encourage children to grow and develop the skills they need in life. My personal philosophy of a childcare program is one that is a place where parents can feel completely at ease when leaving their children. It is a place that encourages children to grow and it is filled with loving, positive and patient teachers and staff.”
Pre-K/Kindergarten Team Member
Ms. Crystal’s journey at Kinder Haus started in 2001; she was a team member of the Toddler Class as well as the Pre-K/Kindergarten Class. Upon completing her University studies, she became a Registered Nurse. She was a nurse for 10 years, with experience in psychiatric nursing, mother/infant nursing, home health and administration. Currently, Ms. Crystal is working on gaining her Montessori Teaching Certificate through Montessori World Education Institute in Hammond, La.
We are so grateful that her passion for guiding young children lead her back to Kinder Haus!
Pre-K/K Team Member / Afternoon Enrichment
Mrs. Erika joined the Kinder Haus Family in 2003. She has worn many hats at Kinder Haus; she worked as a substitute teacher, our cook, a Preschool Team Member and the Afternoon Team Leader! We are so excited that fate has brought Mrs. Erika back around to our door step! Mrs. Erika has a love for children and science! She just graduated with an Associate of Applied Science and Majored in Health Information Technology. She believes that good teachers who are compassionate, dedicated, intelligent, innovative and creative make a successful child care program. Mrs. Erika is excited to start implementing science and yoga into the Pre-K/K Afternoon Enrichment Program. Guess what Mrs. Erika, we are excited too!