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!
Shannon Conklin, Assistant Teacher
Hello my name is Shannon Conklin. This is my third year being an assistant teacher. I found Little Acorn when I was looking for a preschool for my son in 2006. Since then I have been involved at Little Acorn in many ways from being a parent, serving on the board and substituting in most of the classrooms.
Personally I have been married to my husband Mark for 18 years. We have 3 wonderful children. Our oldest Zachary who is 14 and has Autism. He has taught me so much about being a parent and the kind of person I want to be. Next is our daughter Brooklyn she will be 12 at Christmas time. She has always loved having a Christmas Birthday and I think she secretly believes everyone is decorating for her. Last but certainly not least is our daughter Clara. She is turning 7 this year and going into 1st grade. She is definitely our firecracker.
In my spare time I volunteer with the Girl Scouts which both girls are involved in, am very active with my sons therapy and coordinate weddings in the summer.
I truly believe in Little Acorn and think of it as my second home. I'm very excited to be working with Teacher Kim this year and very honored to be a part of your children's lives.