Daddy and Ty in Cuba, Dec. 20012
Ty is 9 and is in grade 4 at Abraham Erb Public School. He is a busy little guy who loves to play hockey and soccer! Murray is a Vice Principal at Forest Hill Public School.
Mommy and Parker in Cuba, Dec. 20012
Parker is our 11 year old and is grade 6 at Abraham Erb Public School. He will be joining me at Laurelwood next year! Parker is our budding artist who enjoys spending time with friends, reading books... and annoying his little brother!
Millie, September, 2012
Millie is our 8 mth old labradoodle. We love her to pieces!
My Teaching Philosophy
My philosophy of education is centered around the needs of my kindergarten students. I strive to make my classroom developmentally appropriate and centered around the needs of each individual child. In my classroom you will find these characteristics built around my philosophy:
Community of Learners: My classroom is a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for all of my students. Students will gain independence, self awareness, and the ability to function as a member of a group.
Positive Classroom Management: Children in my classroom will be expected to follow classroom rules and conduct themselves in a manner that is safe and respectful. Good behavior and manners will be positively recognized throughout the school day.
Balanced Literacy Program: Children in my classroom will participate in a variety of activities exposing them to the meaning and excitement of language. Students will participate in whole group as well as differentiated literacy instruction including the use of literacy stations, writer's workshop, small group guided reading groups, modeled and shared skills, and independent practice.
Hands On Math Instruction: Students' math knowledge will be supported through the use of a wide variety of materials and meaningful experiences.
Thematic Studies: Science and Social Studies will be integrated into every part of the curriculum to maintain high interest topics for in depth study. Opportunities for art, music, dance and other forms of expression will also be included.
Brain Based Learning Activities: Children in my classroom will participate in activities that are appropriate to their stage of brain development. Neurological movement, including Brain Gym, is used throughout the day to stimulate an environment condusive to learnings.
Parents as Partners: A positive working relationship with parents will be established in order to best meet the individual needs of students. This relationship will be fostered through ongoing communication (e.g., website, newsletters, email, daily interaction).