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Kirsten Carll, Pre-K 4 Teacher

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 also a big hockey fan!  After being a stay-at-home mom for a few years, Kirsten began 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 is very excited to start her teaching journey in the Preschool program at Our Lady Queen of Peace, and finds great joy in preparing children to be ready for their start in Elementary School!

Curriculum Guide for topics in Pre-K 4 classes 

In our 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