Darlene Kramer – Teacher
My name is Darlene Kramer and my favorite part about teaching is watching the children’s excitement for learning!
My family consists of my husband, my son Avery and my daughter Kaylee.
I have been a teacher for 7 years.
Theresa Loghmani – Teacher
My name is Theresa Longhmani and my favorite part about teaching is when the children get excited about learning and experimenting. They think its magical! I love their giggles and that sparkle in their eyes when they get it and want to try it too! I love the hugs and when they call me “Mommy”.
My family consists of my husband Nasser, whom I have been married to for 23 years and my 2 sons, John and David.
I have been a teacher for 10 years.
Cynthia Jensen – Teacher
My name is Cynthia Jensen and my favorite part about teaching is hugs and laughter! My family consists of my husband, 6 children but only 2 still at home and 12 grandchildren.
I have been a teacher for 4 years.
I have a degree in dietetic and nutrition/food management.
The Letter People curriculum is used to teach the children readiness skills for reading. It uses little people with different characteristics to teach the letters and the sounds, as well as life lessons. Sight words and writing are also practiced every day.
This curriculum is based on these strongly held early-childhood beliefs:
- Play is the work of early childhood, and learning should be fun.
- Learning proceeds from prior knowledge–moving from what children already know to the new.
- The best educational program provides integrated learning experiences.
- Literacy development depends on ample opportunity to use expressive and receptive oral language; on
exposure to print in many forms; on opportunities to draw and to write; and on explicit examination of sounds and letters.
- Healthy social development is a key to success in school–and in life.
Each unit explicitly directs children’s attention to the English speech sound associated with the letter. As children meet and get to know each Letter Person, they talk about her or his letter and sound:
- The shape and formation of the capital letter
- The shape and formation of the lowercase letter
- The sound represented by the letter.
The Letter People places a high priority on social development and conflict resolution. In addition to social situations presented by way of books and poems–which lead to discussion of alternative choices and behaviors–a variety of interpersonal issues arise among the Letter People. Stories about the Letter People provide models for dealing with conflict within the classroom and beyond.
Each unit contians a set of vocabulary words: essential words, content words, and wonderful words. Activities that encourage children to learn and use these words are an integral part of each unit.
Children are exposed to brief, daily, developmentally appropriate phonological awareness games and activities–beginning with the lower levels of the continuum and progressing upward throughout the year. Because preschool children benefit most from activities selected from the lower bands of the continuum, phonological tasks are generally concentrated in this area, with differentiation available for children who are ready to progress further.