Busy Bee Class (Pre-K, Age 4 by September)
The Busy Bee class is a Pre-Kindergarten classroom, with kids who are 4 years old by September. We have two Teachers and 15 kids. As we prepare for our big transition to Kindergarten, we focus on many readiness skills. We feel kids develop at their own pace and we are there to help them at whatever level they are at with academics as well as social skills and self management skills. Our program consists of Teacher directed work time in small groups, free choice play, reading and outside playtime. A big part of Kindergarten readiness is being able to self manage in a group. We help kids learn to resolve conflict, problem solve, follow directions and be in charge of themselves all within the larger group. Our curriculum is “emergent” as we take the lead of the kids and where their interest is. We have found that kids learn better when we are using something of interest to teach the basic academics. We have cooking projects, field trips and offer computers in the classroom. We feel families are important. Working together, we can build a great foundation for your child’s beginning education that instills a love of learning for a lifetime. Come visit our classroom and see what’s “Buzzing” in the Busy Bee class!
Our monthly snack schedule is available for download on our About page. Snack is the same for all classes.
Check out our school calendar for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
Kim Rivoli, Lead Teacher
Thank you for letting me be a part of your child’s pre-school experience. I am very excited about the year ahead and about getting to know you and your child. First let me tell you a bit about myself. I have my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Clark College and have 27 years experience teaching young children. I have been here at Little Acorn Preschool and Kindergarten for 15 years. I previously spent 5 years teaching the three year-olds in the Star Class before taking the Busy Bee class.
I have found that when parents are positive about Preschool and let their child know that school is great, the child feels good about coming to class. That makes learning and exploring a wonderful experience. Parents are always welcome in our classroom. I encourage you to ask questions or let me know of your concerns. If there is something you can tell me about your child that will help me get to know them or make them feel more comfortable, please let me know.
I am looking forward to a great year!
Heather Basse, Assistant Teacher
Hi! My name is Heather Basse. I am so excited to spend the year with your family in the Busy Bee class. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your children’s early explorations!
A little about me - I met my husband, Daniel, 16 years ago. We eventually married and started a family in the Bay Area of California. We have a 7 year old named Evie and a 5 year old named Alex. We moved to Camas, WA in December 2015 to enjoy the small town feel and beautiful outdoors while we raise our family. We are avid campers and hikers, and are frequently found exploring waterfalls or finding new hiking trails close to home. We are big animal lovers, and currently have a dog named And Peggy, 2 rats, and a leopard gecko.
I’ve worked with children in multiple capacities for the last thirteen years, spanning from nannying to working in classrooms, and am continuing to further my education in the Early Childhood Field to stay current with emerging curriculum and best practices. My son has also been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism since he was 2, so I am familiar with working with children with special educational needs. This is my second year teaching at Little Acorn, and I've worked hard to be part of this school since my oldest was in preschool. I've always enjoyed Little Acorn’s community feel and play based curriculum. I love teaching this age because the kids have so much personality and love of learning. I am so excited to get this year started and get to know all of our new Busy Bee’s!