For 3 year olds - Mrs. Swartz's Room
This class is for children who will be 3 by September 1 or are two years prior to attending kindergarten.
As 3-4 year olds enter what is usually their first large group situation, they are exposed to sharing, taking turns, respecting the rights and property of others, and a structured environment. Physically, they are introduced to movement games, moving to music as well as fine and gross motor skill activities.
Academically, each child is accepted at his/her own level. Each student is provided with “hands on” learning experiences in the areas of reading readiness, pre-math, artistic expression, and verbal skills. Spiritually, the child is introduced to God who loves and cares for them.
For 4-5 year olds - Mrs. Kodesh's Room
This class is for children who will be 4 by September 1 or are one or two years prior to attending kindergarten. This class seeks to meet the developmental needs of the 4-5 year old. The children are encouraged to progress and feel proud of their accomplishments. Emphasis on social skills continues to be incorporated in the daily schedule. They experience new activities in the areas of reading readiness and pre-math, and many activities that encourage small motor development. Spiritually, the students are exposed to God, who cares for them and shows His love in many ways. The focus of this class is kindergarten readiness.
The Childcare Program will encompass a variety of educational and recreational learning experiences within a faith-based environment. Activities may include: large muscle, sensory, math, language, dramatic play, music and art, outside play, social and cognitive skill building as well as culturally diverse activities.
We are on the Rice Lake District bus route for school-age children.
Kids at First Childcare special events:
- Praise Time: a monthly family gathering where preschoolers sing songs and hear a Bible message.
- B.E.A.R. (Be Excited About Reading): Children learn the importance of reading by sharing books one-on-one with adults.
- Spirit of Christmas project: Shopping & wrapping for a local family in need.
- Prayer Pals: Connecting students to an adult from the church family who commits to pray for the student.
- Pancake Breakfast. Families serving church and childcare families delicious pancakes and fixings.
- Preschool Sunday: Sharing artwork and a power point with the church family.
- Family service project: Families plant flowers & deliver to local nursing homes.
Kids At First Preschool & Childcare admits students of any race, nationality, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies and admission policies.
OUR NEW OUTDOOR CLASSROOM!
Becca Kodesh is the Preschool Director and teacher for the 4 & 5 year old class. Becca has her Bachelor and Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She taught 1st grade for 3 years and then took time to stay home and raise her four children. Becca loves to see children grow academically, socially and spiritually. She enjoys sharing God's love with every child she works with.
Christina Swartz is the teacher for the 3 year old class. She has a Bachelors in Early Childhood from Concordia University Wisconsin and has been teaching for 10 years. Her passion is to teach children about the love of Christ.
Allyson Lammers is our Daycare and Financial Director, morning daycare teacher, and also assists with the 3 year old preschool class. Allyson has 5 years of professional childcare experience and has taught a variety of different age groups in the past. She looks forward to getting to know each child and helping them learn.
Sharon Dammer is our afternoon daycare teacher. Sharon has 14 years of daycare experience and 3 years of in-home daycare experience. Sharon loves children of all ages and she is looking forward to getting to know the kids, learning from each other, and starting new friendships. She hopes to be a comforting and nurturing substitute in the parents absence, and help them to feel loved and secure.
Shaelene Lindau is one of our afternoon daycare teachers. She grew up in the Twin Cities area. She has a couple years of daycare teaching experience. Shaelene has an amazing little boy. She enjoys spending time with her family and her Great Dane, Goose. She looks forward to getting to know all the kids and helping them learn and grow.
On behalf of the preschool, daycare and church staff; thank you for choosing Kids at First Childcare Center! We strive for excellence in Christian education and hope this is a wonderful year for you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or call 715-234-7505.