• Expectations: At Olympia we have high expectations for all students. We expect all students to meet these expectations and will work with each individual child to help him/her be successful, academically and socially. We also have high expectations for faculty, staff, and parents. We are all here to help your child be the best he/she can be. In pre-k, we have the motto “In pre-k, you can do anything!” This means that we expect the children to try their best before seeking help. For example, when buttoning their pants or opening their milk at breakfast/lunch, as well as academically, when writing, drawing, counting, etc. I will always be there to guide and help, however, your child will feel more accomplished when he/she completes a goal/task on his/her own.
    • Routines: Routines are very important for young children. They benefit for knowing what their day will look like and what to expect. I will do my best to follow the same schedule every day and address changes to the schedule with the children before any changes happen to avoid concerns and/or anxiety this may cause them
    • Social Skills: Social Skills are an important part of our pre-k curriculum and are taught throughout the day. We learn how to communicate our thoughts and feelings, how to share, how to have empathy for others, understanding that everything we do has a consequence (which is not always a negative thing), how to be a good friend, how to be kind/show compassion, listening to others and respecting what they have to say (even though we may not agree). We also work on self-regulation and having control over our actions and emotions.
    • Time to think: This is an important part of learning in the social context. Students need to be able to step away and think about their actions in times of stress or disruption. There will be a designated safe area in our classroom for the children to go to when they need to be alone and think. I will allow a child in the Time to Think area adequate time to think and calm down and when he/she is ready, I will help them talk it out and come up with a way to solve the problem. This allows them time to think and creates an opportunity for me to teach social skills.