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Ms. Kirsten Carll, PK4 TEacher

After being a stay-at-home mom for a few years, Ms. Kirsten was working as a substitute teacher in the public schools. This is where she found her love for teaching and became inspired to further her education to become a teacher and have a classroom of her own. She began teaching here at OLQP in 2020. Ms. Kirsten lives in Bethalto with her husband and two children. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends and is a huge hockey fan! She loves teaching here in the preschool program at Our Lady Queen of Peace, and finds great joy in preparing children for a bright future in Kindergarten!


In the PK 4 classroom, we use many seasonal topics, hands-on projects, and special days each month to make learning fun and memorable. We want you and your child to have a great experience with their school year in Pre-K 4. Topics and projects change a little each year as we add new and exciting things to our program.  We like to keep things fun yet educational in our classroom to help each student stay interested and involved. Below you will find a few of our daily activities as well as skills we will work on throughout the school year!

  • Daily Name Worksheets- This helps with learning how to spell and write their first and last name.
  • Daily Calendar/Weather Lesson-This helps them learn the days of the week, months of the year, seasons, and weather identification.
  • Daily Reciting of The Pledge of Allegiance
  • Daily Prayer
  • Daily Fine Arts projects to help with the development of fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, following directions
  • Weekly Religion Lessons of Stories of God’s Love from the RCL Benziger Religion Program
  • Alphabet-Letter recognition, writing, and sounds
  • Numbers-Number recognition, writing, and counting (rote and 1:1)
  • Shapes-Shape recognition, drawing, and sorting
  • Colors-Color recognition and sorting
  • Fine Motor Skills-Pencil grip, scissor/cutting skills, tracing pictures, lines, shapes, and basic objects
  • Gross Motor Skills-Outdoor recess time (weather permitting) or gym time
  • Social/Emotional Development-Following classroom rules, making friends, and learning how to get along with other classmates and teachers
  • Manipulative play with playdoh, blocks, and other hands on learning objects
  • Pattern and Memory activities