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Impacting Little People at a Young Age

Feb. 19, 2021

Tamassee DAR School is excited to name Amy Wills as the Director of Early Childhood Learning (ECL) in the Pennsylvania Children’s Center (PCC).   Amy is originally from Greenville, South Carolina and says one of her favorite things about the Early Childhood Learning Center is the innovative, experienced and nurturing teachers that she will lead as they instill a love of lifelong learning in the little people they serve.

In the autumn of 2020, the Early Childhood Learning began using a new curriculum called Teaching Strategies Gold.  This curriculum is play based early childhood learning through developmentally appropriate practices. For example, the 3-year-old class began recognizing letters this summer through activities centered on children’s books.  One of the books was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, which is about alphabet letters on an adventure up the coconut tree.  Children began recognizing different letters throughout the classroom, where print is prevalent.  Teachers expanded on this through creating activities such as making letters with play dough, alphabet stamp art, letter games, and letter scavenger hunts.  These activities led to children wanting to try to write alphabet letters. By the end of the summer, several children had started writing the letters in their name.

Not only are literacy goals a key part in the curriculum, but also math, science, social/emotional and cognitive objectives.  Teachers assess the children to find out what level they are in each area.  They then implement learning strategies that support the children as they move to the next level.

 With the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, ECL had their second South Carolina First Steps 4K program dedicated to preparing 4 year olds for the beginning of their academic careers in Kindergarten.  The students participating in this class have recently enjoyed learning about families, nature, and the seasons.  Some of the math objectives in these studies included connecting numerals and their quantities, understanding spatial relationships, and recognizing patterns.  Our 4k students eagerly anticipate entering the public school system in the fall of 2021, and through our incredible staff and exceptional curriculum, they will be prepared to succeed there.

 While little people begin developing a love of lifelong learning during their time in the center, they are also guided in development of skills and behaviors that will benefit them as they grow up.  The behavior patterns being encouraged by the dedicated instructors at the center does not go without notice.  Ms. Morgan enrolled her child enrolled in ECLPCC and within days commented to ECL staff that it was the best move for her child. The child has had better interactions at home and less meltdowns.

As we move to the end of the current school year, we are confident that Amy Wills will successfully lead ECL into the summer program and beyond.   For information on how to enroll your little person, call Ms. Amy at 864.944.2770