In Twilight Peak, we provide a safe and nurturing environment to help our two and three year olds learn and grow. We begin the year helping our children become accustomed to the new experience of preschool and work to ensure that each child has a positive first school experience. At this age, we spend a lot of time on social and emotional development. This involves teaching the children how to understand their own and others’ feelings, regulate and express their emotions appropriately, and build relationships with each other. We believe at this age that a child’s work is their play. We use constructive, purposeful play to support this essential learning. The Creative Curriculum allows us to design activities around the interests of our children. Our days are structured and guided while led by the child.
Throughout the year, we follow the same daily schedule which includes free choice centers, a large group meeting, outside exploration, teacher led center time, and small group work. The classroom is divided into distinct interest areas where children can explore the library, arts, blocks, imaginative play, toys and games, and a sensory table. Throughout each of these areas in the classroom, we are able to introduce the children to different components of literacy, mathematics, and science. The design of our classroom and schedule helps children remain engaged in the activities we offer, while allowing them to work either independently or in both whole class and small group settings.
Meet the teachers
Ms. Megan -
Ms. Melanie -
Megan grew up in Littleton, Colorado and earned her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in early childhood education from Colorado State University. She is now in graduate school for Speech Language Pathology at NOVA Southeastern University. Megan started working at Joshua Early Childhood Center three years ago in the early intervention program and this is her second year as lead teacher in Twilight Peak. She is passionate about working with children of all abilities! In her free time, Megan loves spending time with her husband, Trace, and golden retriever puppy, Murphy. She loves yoga, cooking, and the mountains!
Melanie grew up in Northfield, Illinois and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Arizona. She then moved to Denver, CO to pursue her passion in communication and early childhood education. Melanie also has a lifelong passion for helping others and working with children. While Melanie was a camp counselor working with children ages 3-5; she also volunteered for a program called “Karate Can-DO”, which involved working with adults and children of all ages with special needs. This program kick started her passion of helping others, which lead her into the study of communication. Melanie is extremely grateful for this opportunity to work at JECC, and cannot wait to continue to pursue her passion in early childhood education. In her free time, Melanie loves to cook, hike, and travel with family and friends.