Formerly a Shining Stars parent and now a well-loved teacher, Ms. B came to Shining Stars with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development and a Minor in Elementary Education from Florida State University. She was formerly Education Curriculum Consultant and a Teacher at PC Cooperative Preschool. In addtion, she was children's Programs Asst. Manager at Deer Valley Resort after moving here from Florida, where she was also a preschool teacher. During the time her children attended Shining Stars, she served 3 terms as Parent-Teacher Coordinator and she continues to be an asset to the program in her role as teacher.
Meet Ms. Laura and Ms. Melissa
Ms. Laura is originally from Enterprise, Alabama where she attended Auburn University and then transferred to Troy University. While attending Troy University she received her Teaching Credentials in Elementary Education. In Alabama, she taught 3rd grade for three years and 5th grade for 4 years. She and her husband, Ben, and their two boys moved to Park City in 2012. When not teaching she loves to spend time with her family, go shopping, and watch Auburn Football.
Ms. Melissa is originally from Orange County, California, where she attended Chapman University. She graduated with a BA in Sociology and then went back to get her Mulitple Subject (Grades K-6th) teaching credential with an emphasis in Reading. Melissa worked for the City of Orange organizing and implementing their elementary school's afterschool programs. She also worked for Garden Grove School District and became a semi-permanent substitute teacher in a Kindergarten class. Before teaching at Shining Stars, Melissa was Administrator and Co-Administrator for 4 years. Melissa has lived in Park City for 9 years with her husband, Chris, and their three kids. When not teaching, she loves to spend time with her family, read or go for a great run or hike!
Our curriculum is an adaptation of The Creative Curriculum developed by educators Diane T. Dodge and Laura Colker. It is a comprehensive curriculum based on the theories of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We also use the Zoo-phonics program as an introduction for our students, as this program is also used in the Kindergarten classroom and in the Park City School District.
Shining Stars Cooperative School recognizes that some parents want a higher level of involvement in their child's education. During the student's "Special Day", you and your child are there in the classroom from morning teacher prep until clean-up after school. Your child gets special privileges, such as being the line leader, beginning opening and closing circle, helping with the weather report and daily calendar activites during circle time, helping to set out snack, etc. It's a wonderful time to share with your child, and is definitely time well spent!
9:00-9:50 - Indoor discovery, Directed Free Choice
9:50-10:00 - 5 Minute Warning and Clean-Up
10:00-10:15 - Opening Circle
1. Good Morning Song
2. Intro of Helpers and Parents
3. Calendar / Weather
4. Pledge of Allegiance
5. Exercise and Movement
10:15-10:25 - Bathroom Break and Singing
10:25-10:40 - Healthy Snack and Library
10:45-11:20 - Outdoor Discovery
11:30-12:00 - Age-Appropriate Learning Activities during Small Group Time
12:00-12:15 - Story Time and Closing Circle
12:15-12:45 - Lunchtime and Pick Up
**This is a sample of our schedule, however some flexibility for field trips, special projects and guest speakers is incorporated.
The daily schedule in our classroom includes age-appropriate activities in the following areas: Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Spatial Relations, Creative Expressions, Language, Science and Math, Self-Help, Reading Readiness, The Senses, Peer Interaction, Art Expression, Dramatic Play, Music and Movement, Community: Global and Local, Snack and Lunch Routine, and Outdoor Play.