In Treasure Mountain we learn through our play and we address that at this age a child’s work is their play. Since we use the Creative Curriculum, the children have a large input in what we study and our day is structured and guided while led by the child. During the first part of the school year we work on classroom routines, rules, and building a community based on friendship, respect, and kindness. We begin the year by working on pre-writing skills while some of the older children begin working on writing our names. The beginning of the year also focuses on early letter and number recognition, and exploring different areas of imaginative play.
Throughout the year, we build on letter recognition and learning the alphabet with Zoophonics and fine tune our handwriting skills through Handwriting Without Tears. Our day has a good mixture between
child led activities and teacher led interest areas at center time and group time.
One major skill that we emphasize and develop in Treasure Mountain is independence, which includes learning to be responsible for your backpack, snack, and classroom job. We foster self-help skills by encouraging the children to be as independent as they can be with dressing, including buttoning and zipping, as well as and using the toilet and washing their hands.
Meet the teachers
Ms. Rachael -
Ms. Scout grew up in Tennessee where she attended the University of Memphis (Go Tigers!) and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Learning and then Middle Tennessee State University where she obtained her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood Education. Before moving to Colorado in September 2018 she was living and working in New York City where she was a PreK teacher and Educational Coordinator at a private preschool. She has been teaching preschool for the past 10 years and currently holds a Colorado State Teaching Certificate for Early Childhood Education. She is passionate about making her classroom a place where all children feel welcome and confident and is excited to join The Joshua School community this year. When she’s not teaching she enjoys practicing yoga, baking, visiting the farmer’s market, and spending time outside with her husband, Geo, and their dog, Finn.
Ms. Rachael grew up in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Houston. In 2006 she moved to Colorado to finish her degree in Animal Science. She worked in veterinary medicine for many years in Denver and Silverthorne. After moving back to Denver, Rachael began substituting at JECC and discovered her love of working with all the amazing children here. She is so proud to be a full time teaching assistant at Joshua Academy and is excited to start her new path in early childhood education. In her spare time Rachael enjoys hiking, snowboarding, cooking and traveling to new countries but she especially loves spending time with her family, friends and animals. When she's not working some of her favorite things to do include going for runs, watching the sunset and reading books with a good cup of coffee!