Some people would say it's never too early to get your nose in a good book and this week's Teacher of the Week would agree.
Mrs. Angela Malavolti and her Pre-K students at Keith Country Day School read, paint, and sing their way through the day. Malavolti loves to read, and wants her students to learn early on.
With two childrens' books already published, she used books and visual learning to teach her three year olds.
"I really believe at the age of three and four, that the children are able to read in a very non-traditional way, simply by maximum exposure to literacy, versus teaching them all the specifics, and so I'm really taking advantage of their age at this point," Malavolti says.
In her class, she uses pictures and letters to give her kids a more unique way to remember sounds and words. Her fellow teachers say she relates to the kids perfectly.
"Angela does a wonderful job doing hands-on activities," P.E. teacher Rachel Rebson says. "She uses sound and movement with learning, and as a P.E. teacher, that's something that I value. She does very small groups; she is involved with all the students and gets right on their level."
However, the most beneficial aspect of her teaching is the journals she gives to parents. Each student has one that they take home each day, giving parents a glimpse into what their kids are learning. The writing doesn't just go one way, though. Parents share their thoughts as well.
"I really think it's true that it takes a village to raise a child, and watching what some of them are doing at home really just inspired me, and I thought, hey, if we can encourage this and give them some added tools to use at home to further these kids' education, let's do it," Malavolti says.
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