Dragonfly Class (Age 4 by December)
In the Dragonfly Class children are viewed as capable, competent members of our community and we want them to be heard. Respecting one another, showing tolerance and learning to accept each other as well as ourselves is imperative in our personal growth. Through observation and interactions we will guide children to be tolerant of themselves and others. Giving children the opportunity to accept not only their successes but also their failures will help them be accepting of themselves and others. Helping them build communication and negotiation skills at an early age will help not only the child but our community as a whole. We want to encourage kind and respectful behavior of everyone in our class. There is great value in creating adventure and exploration through the environment and curriculum. Fostering creativity and critical thinking through this exploration is integral in engaging children in learning and making sense of their world.
Every child in the Dragonfly Class is at a different stage in their interest and development regarding academics. We don’t ever force academic learning because children at this age are often not ready. The things they are learning through their play are extremely valuable and we will do our best to facilitate that as well as provide academic learning opportunities that they may participate in if interested through their play like making menus for the kitchen or having a store and learning about money. We focus on the process of our projects and not necessarily the outcome. During art sessions, we encourage the kids to be individuals. Instead of forcing product oriented artwork, we allow the kids to be creative. If they want to paint only with orange paint one day, we encourage them to do so. This places the focus more on the process than the product. It’s about encouraging exploration and creativity in the Dragonfly 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.
Dragonfly Class Handbook
Denise Rhodes, Lead Teacher
In the Dragonfly Class our main goal is for your child to learn to love school and to be excited about coming to school. Children learn through play, so it is our responsibility to provide an environment that creates opportunities for your child to be open to play and interactions with their peers. We want to create a caring community of learners, sparking in them the desire to investigate and explore. While doing this we also want to build a community within our classroom and our school, to do that we need to build relationships with our families, and hope that they build relationships with each other. l want to thank you for this opportunity to share your child with us. I would like to share a little bit about myself with you.
I have been a Teacher at Little Acorn since 2004. I have over 15 year’s experience working in a Pre-School setting, mainly with 3 & 4 year olds. Finishing up my degree in Early Childhood Education from Clark College in 2014 has truly turned into my passion! I believe that this age is SO important in becoming a lifelong learner! It is our goal to guide behavior and encourage problem solving, explorations, tolerance of self and others, creating self-confidence by doing so.
On a personal note....I am married to a wonderful man named Darrell. We just celebrated our 28th anniversary. We have two children and three cats. My son, Dakota who recently served in the US Navy is now back home working and going to school. My daughter, Sierra just graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School and had graduated from the Aveda Institute. We enjoy fishing, camping and I personally love the beach. There is nothing like a storm on the ocean!
We look forward to a fun and enjoyable year with your families
Liz More’, Assistant Teacher
Hello! My name is Liz Moré. Before I started working at Little Acorn Preschool in 2016, I received my associate degree in Elementary Education then spent the next several years volunteering in both my daughters’ classrooms.
My time volunteering, brought me to Little Acorn where I worked for two years in the Sunshine class and spent the last year subbing in most of the other classrooms, gathering lots of knowledge and great tips from all the wonderful teachers here. I am so excited to be back full time and to use all those tips in the Dragonfly class and be given the opportunity to work with Mrs. Denise! I fully believe in the loving, nurturing, and caring environment Little Acorn provides.
On a more personal note. I have been with my husband Jared, since 2004. We have two girls. Kat who is 11 years old and in the 6th grade and Eveyln who is 7 and in 1st grade. Evelyn is also an alumni of Little Acorn and a past student of the Dragonfly class. We also have a goofy Labradoodle named Cypress and a big grumpy kitty named Smokey. We love to travel and find adventure wherever we go.
I am so excited to get to know all of you. This is going to be a great year full of learning, growing, lots of play, and friendship. Thank you for sharing your wonderful kids with us.
Dragonfly Class Handbook
Dragonfly Class Newsletter
Once the school year begins,
look here for the class newsletters.