Ms. Sarah Kurtjian
Our classroom is between the ages of 2 1/2 and 4 1/2. We are a teaching site so you will often see multiple adults in the classroom- all at different stages in their undergraduate work at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The University students have different responsibilities from observing child development, to planning lessons, to running the classroom. Being a multi-age classroom, this gives us multiple opportunities for peer mentoring and strong relationships between the children.
Our day consists of multiple parts, all which flow depending on the needs of the classroom. You will see small group work throughout the day. This gives the children the opportunity to investigate and work on projects at their own pace. You will also see large group discussions and meetings where we talk about the classroom and investigations.
Throughout the year you will see the teachers getting to know the interests of the children and taking the lead from them. Teachers analyze documentation, look for threads of interest, and decide on ways to build upon children learning. You will see month-long projects covering multiple domains of development. An ongoing interest in our room has been painting. We started an investigation last year on color mixing and discussing famous artwork. Those interests have been consistent throughout the year. We have been changing and evolving our processes, but the interest still holds. Currently we are working with still-lifes and painting what we see and know.