In this classroom, we have 20 children between four and five years old. Although child-directed activities are still prevalent, children participate in more teacher-directed small and large group instruction. They are becoming more independent, able to follow two and three-step directions and begin to learn phonics and simple handwriting skills. Children in this room are more interested in playing interactive games as they lose some of their egocentricity from earlier years. Child-teacher ratios in this room are 10-1.
Fish Room Lead Teacher
Missy has been at Starbright since 1997, she is one of the finest. With her ability to address and nurture each and every child’s individual needs, she serves as a mentor to us all. She has set up her classroom to serve as a strong foundation for Kindergarten readiness skills. Missy has an Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from UAA. Missy has created a classroom conducive to exploration, hands on learning opportunities, structure, curriculum based activities and child independence. We are excited to announce that she is expecting her first child, Kya in June. Her hours are from 6:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. daily.
Jenna joined in the Starbright family in October of 2005. She has been working with in the Fish Room for the last 5 years assisting Missy in teaching the children Kindergarten readiness skills. In addition to helping with lessons and individualized based development, Jenna assists with portfolios and documentation. Jenna shows great patience and truly enjoys working with the children. She offers a calm demeanor which is an excellent balance when paired up with Missy in our busy Fish room classroom. Jenna will be taking on Missy’s hours while she is out on Maternity leave. Her hours are M-F from 8:30a.m.-5:00.