About Mrs. Raymond
My name is Vincenza Raymond. I was born in Italy and came to the US when I was 10 years old! Now married with two grown children.
I have been teaching for over 20 years and hold a certification in Early Childhood Education. I strongly believe in teaching with engaging learning activities and place a lot of value on having an open communication with parents regarding student’s growth and well-being. My goal is to have students exited about coming to school each day and grow a lifelong love for learning.
Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions.
A Day in Pre-K
The children begin their day by coming into the classroom, unpacking their backpacks, and hanging them up along with any jackets in the hallway. We then begin our morning meeting where the children gather on the rug. A helper of the day is picked as we go over the weather for the day, the month, and the date of the particular day. Religion class is next where various topics are covered.
After a busy morning, it is time for snack! We love and encourage healthy snacks! We then go to one of our specials depending on what day it is. When the children are back, we have language arts, where the children learn one letter per week. Upper and lower case letters are introduced along with letter sounds, followed by math in which we focus on number recognition, colors, sorting, shapes, patterns, positional words, and measuring sizes.
After all of their hard work the children are rewarded by going to the discovery centers. The children will find many centers including a kitchen area, doll house, games and puzzle area, science center, sensory table, block center, writing center, and an easel for a painting area. Lunch is next followed by outdoor recess.
A much-needed rest is incorporated into the day for the children, which is approximately 60 minutes, followed by discovery centers right before they pack up to go home.
Our Pre-K class will focus on…
- Creating an environment of belonging
- Name recognition
- Alphabet recognition (both upper and lower case)
- Number recognition and counting along with sorting, shapes, patterns, and measuring
- Tracing of letters and numbers
- Pencil grip
- Cutting with scissors
- Simple art projects
- Rhyming words and other phonemic awareness skills along with sight words
- Reciting poems
- Singing songs with hand and body movements
- Fine motor skills and gross motor skills
- Following directions
- Taking turns
- Playing properly with toys
- Picking up once play time is over
- Following classroom rules
- Encouraging creativity
- Children’s literature (reading aloud to the children daily)
- The days of the week the months of the year
- The daily weather report
- Holidays and special events
- Social studies and science topics
- Hands on learning
- Our catholic faith
- Development of a positive self –image
- Many topics such as holidays, seasons, weather, our body, community helpers, the five senses, planting, and ocean
- A life-long love for learning