Pre-Kindergarten

“The teachers have a beautiful way of recognizing and honoring the unique beauty of God’s creation in each child. We appreciate the way they help our child to learn to read, write and think!”

–Mac Ryerse, Corporate Secretary for Potlach Corporation 

Michelle Wheeler
AAS Human Services, Child Development

Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:10

Maximum class size: 20

Ages of Children: 3 1/2 – 6 Years

Personal Background:

When I married Kraig more than 30 years ago, I didn’t know the adventure that my life would be!  I have lived in Minnesota, Massachusetts (Boston), Texas (Austin), Delaware, and now Spokane.  I never want to leave Spokane now that I have discovered my favorite climate on the planet!  I have three adult children, two of whom are married, and I became a grandma in 2020.  I enjoy gardening, skiing, home renovation, and thrift shopping.  I have worked with children my entire adult life, and Early Childhood Education is my passion.

Philosophy of Teaching:

Because children learn best through play, I try to create a classroom environment rich in opportunities for creativity, critical thinking, experimentation, collaboration, and decision making.  I am creating the foundation for lifetime learning, and I want to build it with the joy of discovery, satisfaction of participation, and contentment of genuine relationships.

Goals for the Class:

  • To create a physically, mentally, and emotionally safe environment for all who enter.
  • To honor each child’s unique culture, interests, and needs.
  • To prepare each child for success in the transition to kindergarten.

Class Schedule:

8:00 Arrival, outside time

8:45 Snack

9:00 Group meeting

9:30 Learning centers, free play

10:30 Outside time

11:00 Literacy, math                                

11:30 Lunch; drawing, journaling, reading

12:30 Story time

1:00 Rest/jobs

2:00 Snack

2:15 Outside time

3:00 Group meeting

3:15 Learning centers, free play

4:00 Snack, free play

5:00 Close of school