Our two, three- Pre-K classes participate in a yoga class once a week led by Stephanie Goodkind, former preschool teacher and owner of Movin' Groovin' Yoga for Kids.
Using methods such as games, stories, songs, and props, Miss Stephanie helps the children deveop their body awareness, balance, strength, posture, and flexibility. Miss Stephanie’s philosophy focuses on keeping the class fun, which leads to a high interest level and consistent leaning opportunities. As the children explore their inner selves through the yoga classes, they begin to develop key motor skills and life long wellness habits.
Each week the children in the 3's and Pre-K classes enjoy a 30 minute music class with Angeline Brown. Miss Angeline has a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Music Therapy.
Miss Angeline believes that music is an innate part of every child, and provides a wonderful, unique medium through which learning and growth can happen. Miss Angeline uses varied musical activities including singing, instrument playing, creative play with props, and musical books/stories to enhance each child’s natural musicality and creativity.
The “Toddler’s Creed” appeared in a syndicated weekly newspaper article “Families Today” by T. Berry Brazelton. It is a nice reminder of what life is like from the perspective of a two-year-old. Enjoy!
It's never too early to begin learning a new language. Learning a new language in the Early Childhood environment promotes healthy development and many cognitive and social benefits that your child will carry with them for a lifetime. Studies show that children proficient in other languages show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility.
At St. Matthew's Preschool children in the 3's and Pre-K classes are taught Spanish weekly with our Spanish Teacher Ms. Yuri Mejia (Miss Judy). Through songs, sight words and verbal language the children learn the Spanish Language in an active learning environment.
If I want it, it’s mine.
If I give it to you and change my mind later, it’s mine.
If I can take it away from you, it’s mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
If it’s mine, it will never belong to anybody else, no matter what.
If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine, it is mine.