Maryann D'Angelo
Maryann D'Angelo

maryann.dangelo@bdms.org

 

 

Cathy McLoughlin
Cathy McLoughlin

cathy.mcloughlin@bdms.org

 

 

Teaching Philosophy

Our goal is to create a caring and positive atmosphere, a place that will guide the children to develop a good self-image while building emotional and social skills in a school setting.

We believe every child is unique and there is a way to reach every child!

 

Thank you for visiting our page!

 

 

 

Welcome to Pre-Kindergarten

Language, math, social studies, science, religion, sensory, motor and perceptual skills are introduced through materials and activities which are child-centered, age-appropriate, and teacher-directed. Work is planned which emphasizes the process rather than the product, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride.

The classroom is a literature-rich environment in which all areas of the curriculum are taught in units or themes. New York State ELA Standards, National Science Education Standards, National Council for the Social Studies, and guidelines of the NAEYC are sources for each subject area.

Based on the theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation and reinforcement through repetition. Schedules are designed which balance structure and free choice, as well as active and quiet times throughout the day.

Recognizing that children grow in predictable stages, each child is treated as an individual, working from the level of skill each child has attained and moving forward only when the child is comfortable. Learning differences are acknowledged and children are encouraged to "reach for the stars."

We hope each child will leave the Pre-K with a love of learning, a feeling that he/she is capable of problem solving, learning from his/her mistakes, and the understanding that God made each person an individual and He doesn't make mistakes!

School is a partnership between home and the classroom!

Working together we will help your child have a successful, happy Pre-K year!

One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to prepare your child for school and a successful future is to read to them every day.  Reading is fun, relaxing, promotes language and cognitive thinking and is the foundation skill needed to excel in all school subjects. Books are also a great way to introduce and encourage discussion about difficult topics. The following books cover an array of topics associated with early childhood. Use this list as a guide to introduce your child to the wonderful world of books. You do not need to purchase these titles. Many can be found at your local library.

 

Transitions & Routines
 

Daley Mackall, Dandi. First Day. Harcourt, 2003.

Doerrfeld, Cori. Goodbye Friend! Hello Friend!. Dial Books, 2019 *New

Henkes, Kevin. Waiting. Greenwilliow Books, 2015. 

Henkes, Kevin. Wemberly Worried.  Greenwillow, 2000.

Hughes, Shirley. Don’t Want to Go! Candlewick, 2010.

Jenkins, Emily. What Happens on Wednesdays. Farrar, Straus, Girox, 2007.

Ljungkvist, Laura. Follow the Line to School. Viking, 2011.

Penn, Audrey. The Kissing Hand. Tanglewood Press, 2006.

Hinder, Sarah Jane. Breathe with Me: Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm, & Happy. Sounds True, 2019.

 

Building Character (Making friends/ Exploring Differences/Coping with Anger/Self Esteem, etc)
 

Alexander, Claire. Lucy and the Bully. Albert Whitman, 2008.

Baker, Keith. No Two Alike. Beach Lane, 2011. 

Ferry, Beth. Stick and Stone. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2015.

Cherry, Matthew A. Hair Love.  Kokila, 2019. * New

Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Best Best Friends. Harcourt, 2006.

Cousins, Lucy. I’m the Best. Candlewick, 2010.

Deenihan, Jaime L.B. When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree. Sterling Children’s Book, 2019. 

De La Pena, Matt. Last Stop on Market Street. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015 

Eland, Eva When Sadness is at Your Door, Penguin Random House, 2019 *New

Ives, Penny. Celestine Drama Queen. Arthur A. Levine, 2009.

Lin, Grace. Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same! Little, Brown, 2010.

Lyon, George Ella. The Pirate of Kindergarten. Atheneum/Richard Jackson, 2010.

Nelson, Kadir. If You Plant a Seed. Baltzer and Bray, 2015

Oswald, Peter. The Good Egg. Harper Collins, 2019. 

Otoshi, Kathryn. Zero. KO Kids, 2010.

Rayner, Catherine. The Bear Who Shared. Dial, 2011.

Recorvits, Helen. My name is Yoon. Farrar, Straus Giroux, 2003.

Reynolds, Peter H. The Dot. Candlewick, 2003. 

Rotner, Shelley. Shades of People. Holiday House, 2009.

Russo, Marisabina. A Very Big Bunny. Schwartz & Wade, 2010.

Siomades, Lorainne. Katy Did It. Boyds Mills, 2009.

Spires, Ashley. The Most Magnificent Thing. Kids Can Press, 2014.

Sotomayor, Sonia. Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. Philomel Books, 2019. *New

Vaccaro Seeger, Laura. What if? Roaring Book/Neal Porter, 2010.

Verde, Susan. I Am Human A Book of Empathy. Harry, N. Abrams, 2018.   *New

Willems, Mo. Waiting is Not Easy. Disney-Hyperion, 2014.

Winter, Jonah. The Sad Little Fact. Schwartz & Wade, 2019.

Yolen, Jane & Stemple, E.Y. Not All Princesses Dress in Pink.  Simon & Schuster, 2007.

 

Academics
 

Fisher, Valorie. Everything I need to Know Before I’m Five. Schwartz & Wade, 2011.

 

Math Concepts
 

Cyrus, Kurt. Billions of Bricks: A Counting Book About Building. Henry Holt & Co., 2016. 

Dempsey, Lynn. Numbers!: Take Out the Dog. Lynn Dempsey, 2014.

Franco, Betsy. Zero is the Leaves on the Tree. Tricycle, 2009.

Harris, Trudy.  Pattern Fish. Millbrook Press, 2000.

Harvery, Jane. Busy Bugs: A Book About Patterns. Penguin Young Readers, 2003.

Henkes, Kevin. Birds. Greenwillow, 2009.

Otoshi, Kathryn. Zero. KO Kids, 2010.

Stoll Walsh, Ellen. Balancing Act. Beach Lane, 2008.

Tafuri, Nancy, The Big Storm: a Very Soggy Counting Book. Simon and Schuster, 2009.

Wallace, Nancy E. Planting Seeds. Marshall Cavendish, 2010.

 

Colors
 

Dean, James. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. Tanglewood Press, 2006.

Fox, Mem. Where is Green Sheep? HMH Books for Young Readers, 2009.

Lionni, Leo. A Color of His Own. Dragonfly Books, 1997.

Schwartz, Betty Ann. What Makes a Rainbow: A Magic Ribbon Book. Bendon, 2000.

Sidman, Joyce. Red Sings from the Trees: A Year in Color. Houghton, Mifflin, 2009.

 

Shapes


Burns, Marilyn. The Greedy Triangle. Scholastic, 2008. 

Deneux, Xavier, Touch, Think, Learn: Shapes. Chronicle Books, 2014.

MacDonald, Suse. Shape by Shape. Little Simon, 2009.

 

English Language Arts

Rhyming
 

Dowling Mortensen, Denise. Ohio Thunder. Clarion, 2006.

Foley, Len. Four Funny Potatoes. New Horizon Health, May 2018. 

Jarrett, Clare. Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar. Candlewick, 2008.

Mahy, Margaret. Bubble Trouble. Clarion, 2008. 

Opie, Iona. Mother Goose’s Little Treasures.  Candlestick, 2007.

Suess, Dr. Green Eggs and Ham. Random House, 1988.

Spinelli, Jerry. I Can Be Anything. Little, Brown, 2010.

Wright, Danielle. My Village: Rhymes from Around the World. Frances Lincoln, 2010.

 

Letter Recognition
 

Baker, Keith. LMNO Peas. Beach Lane, 2010.

Jay, Allison. ABC: A Child’s First Alphabet Book. Dutton Books, 2005.

Martin, Jr., Bill. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Beach Lane Books, 2000.

Wood, Audrey. Alphabet Adventure. Blue Sky Press, 2001.

 

Repetition
 

Mayo, Diana. The House that Jack Built. Barefoot Books, 2006

Vaccaro, Seeger, Laura. First the Egg. Neal Porter, 2007.

Wood, Audrey. The Napping House. HMH Books for Young Readers, 1995.

 

Opposites
 

Falconer, Ian. Olivia’s Opposites. Simon and Schuster, 2002.

Hills,Tad. What’s Up, Duck? A Book of Opposities. Schwartz & Wade, 2008.

 

Poems
 

Alexander, Martha. Poems and Prayers for the Very Young. Random House, 1973

Florian, Douglas. Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings. Atheneum, 2009.

Prelutsky, Jack. The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1999

 

Non-Fiction
 

Henn, Sofie. Lifesize. Kane Miller, 2019. *New

Milner, Charlotte. The Sea Book. DK Children, 2019. *New

Robin, Page. Seeds Move. Beach Lane Books, 2019. *New

 

Religion 
 

Ajmera, Maya, Nakassis, M. & Pon, C.. Faith. Charlesbridge, 2009. 

Gold, August. Thank you God for Everything. Putnam, 2009.

Roman Lord, Jill. If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart. CandyCane Press, 2014.

Turner, Matthew Paul. When I Pray for You. Convergent Books, 2019.

 

Make Believe, Interactive and Just for Fun
 

Tullet, Herve. Press Here. Chronicle, 2011.

Brown, Peter. Children Make Terrible Pets. Little, Brown, 2010.

Barrett, Judi.  Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and Other Things Not to Do. Halperin, 2006.

Periwinkle Press. Find the Differences and More Picture Games for Kids: Fun Puzzle and Preschool Activity Book for Children. Periwinkle Press, 2019. 

Plecas, Jennifer. Pretend. Scholastic, 2003.

Polacco, Patricia. Ginger and Petunia. Philomel, 2007.

Mims Hopkins, Jackie. The Gold Miner’s Daughter: A Melodramatic Fairy Tale. Peachtree, 2006

Novak, B.J. The Book with No Pictures. Dial Books, 2014. New

Whitford Paul, Ann. If Animals Kissed Good Night. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014. 

 

Please note:  Students' supplies will not be shared with each other.

2 containers of Clorox wipes, if available

2 packages of baby wipes, if available

2 boxes of tissues

2 hard plastic supply boxes

2 hard plastic, 2 pocket folders (pockets along the bottom, not sides)

2 8pk boxes of Crayola jumbo crayons 

4 large Elmer’s glue sticks   

1 pair of student scissors

1 bottle of hand soap refill, if available

1 backpack large enough to fit a folder, lunch box & artwork

1 2 inch three ring binder with five dividers

1 Melissa & Doug Sketch Pad (9 x 12 inches) 50 pages $3.99 on Amazon

1 Play-Doh 4pk

  

Extra set of clothing (we have plastic containers for the clothing you do not need to supply one)


Sheet, blanket and small pillow for rest time. There is no need for heavy blankets because our room is quite warm in the winter. Remember these items are sent home for washing every Friday and heavy items will be cumbersome for the children to carry. 
 

Please write your child’s name or initials on ALL articles of clothing, lunch box, backpack,  blanket, supply boxes and sketch pad.

 

As always, thank you for your support!