Kristin Larson

Kristin Larson

Contact Info

 

phone:  (531)299-1080

email:  Kristin.Larson@ops.org

 

address: Room 164/Belle Ryan Elementary/1807 S 60th St/Omaha NE  68106

Biography

 

This is my second year as the Early Childhood Special Educator at Belle Ryan Elementary.  I truly love my work, and I constantly strive to provide meaningful experiences and developmentally appropriate education to all the students in our class.  The co-taught classroom, in which half of the students are Head Start Students and half of the students have special needs, is a wonderful environment for the growth of all children.  I set a goal for myself to provide each student in my classroom what he or she needs to learn and love school.

 

In my home life, I'm Mom to two teenagers -- Sophia (17) and Owen (14) -- and caretaker of a really great dog, Seamus.  I keep busy attending all of my kid's activities, but I also enjoy traveling and exploring museums and historical sites, taking walks, reading, going to movies and "binge watching" TV shows.  

Academics

 

We use Teaching Strategies GOLD as our curriculum and assessment tool.  The GOLD curriculum  revolves around several "studies" with topics such as Trees, Buildings, Balls and Cars.  While exploring each Study with the children, we are observing and recording their performance level on the Objectives for Development and Learning established by TSGOLD.  These objectives are developmentally appropriate skills and knowledge that grow with the children.  We record our observations of the children working and playing and use this data to place each child on a level for each objective. Parents are welcome to see reports on their child's levels anytime.  These levels clearly show where a child is developing well, and where he or she needs scaffolding or help.  I hope that visitors  to the classroom will be able to see what we are studying when they walk through the door, since our books, art, shared writing and other activities are planned to advance my students' understanding of our topic.

 

Schedule

  

Daily Schedule for Pre-K

 

8:35 – 8:50 Table Activities

8:50 – 9:20 Breakfast / Brush teeth

9:20 – 9:30 Second Step/ Opening / Circle Time

9:30 – 10:55 Small Group / Interest areas

10:55 – 11:05 Read Aloud

11:05 – 11:20 Large Group

11:20– 11:30 Bathroom/ transition to outside

11:30 – 12:00 Outside Gross Motor Experience

12:05 – 12:35 Lunch

12:35 – 2:05 Rest time

2:10 – 2:35 Outside Gross Motor Experience

2:40 – 2:55 Afternoon Snack

2:55 – 3:55 Interest areas

3:55 – 4:05 Dismissal