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Welcome to PreK-4!


I'm so excited to be a part of the St. Anne's family this year. I love teaching preschool children. They are so full of life and energy and the world is such an exciting and new place for them. I can't wait to find out what your children are passionate about this year and to help coordinate their learning around those passions.


A little about me - I am married (25 years in December) and have two grown sons (ages 19 and 21). I've lived in Lancaster County my whole life and can't think of a better place to be. I have my BA in Social Work from Millersville University and worked in the Child Welfare field for many years before spending some time homeschooling my boys. It was through our adventures in homeschooling and then helping my eldest, who is diagnosed with autism, that I decided to pursue teaching. I initially began a masters program in Special Education but then was led to obtain my Montessori Certification for preschool/kindergarten. I also hold a PA Private School Certification for nursery/kindergarten.


I will be utilizing a lot of Montessori principles this year in the classroom with your children. There is so much I could say about the Montessori philosophy but will stick to two. Children between birth and age 6 have what Dr. Montessori called an Absorbent Mind. Basically, your child is a sponge who picks up knowledge and skills from her environment without a whole lot of assistance from adults. Children also have special periods in their lives where they are able to learn spontaneously and almost effortlessly. This learning is also joyful. We call these Sensitive Periods. At the preschool level, your children are in the sensitive period for language (we all know how quickly our children repeat what they hear), for social graces, for order, for refinement of the senses and much more. Unfortunately, sensitive periods do not last forever but peak and then make way for others. Think about how easy it is for very young children to learn a second language and how difficult it is for adults. This is why we work hard in the preK classroom to provide an environment in which the children have ample opportunities to gain these skills through practice. It is also why we follow the lead of the child and modify the environment (the activities and materials in the classroom) after careful observation of the children to best help them utilize their unique abilities to learn.


In addition to my Montessori Certification, I am also certified to teach a program called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. It is a hands-on Catholic program in which we learn about so many things: Biblical geography, Jesus' life, the liturgical year, the actions and items involved in the Mass, Parables, and so much more. The main focus at this age is to provide opportunities through hands-on materials and lessons for the children to fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. I will be incorporating these lessons each week into our regular schedule.


I hope to use this space to update you on our classroom events, volunteer opportunities, calendar and other goings-on. Please know that I consider you, the parent, as the child's main teacher and want us to work together as a team for the good of your child. I'd love to talk with you about your child and any questions or concerns you have. My hours are 7:30-11:30 (or the end of morning dismissal). It is difficult for me to speak with you for too long while the children are in school because they are my main focus. It is best to contact me through the school phone number (394-6711) or by email (bittsbe@stannelancaster.org). I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.


Thanks for stopping by. I know we are going to have a fabulous year!




Daily Schedule



7:30-8:30 Arrival

Upon arrival students greet the teacher and fellow students, work on executive function skills by hanging up backpacks and outdoor clothing, changing into indoor shoes and returning folder to the folder box. Students take name card from door and answer question of the day. Students then make an individual work choice from any area of the classroom.



Arrival -10:20 Work Period

Students choose work (activities) from any area of the classroom. During the work period, students may work individually, with a teacher or assistant, or in small groups. Students may be working in the following areas of the classroom: Building/Play, Language, Math, Science/Geography, Religion, Art, Music or Movement. Students also have the opportunity to eat a nutritious snack during this time.



10:20-10:25 - Clean Up



10:25-10:45 Group Circle

Students come together for a whole-group lesson that can include calendar, weather, songs, movement exercises, science, geography, religion, music or art lessons. Fiction and non-fiction books are also shared during group circle.



10:45-10:50 - Prepare for Recess

Students change into outdoor shoes and clothing and line up at the door.



10:50-11:00 - Bathroom Break



11:00 - 11:15 - Recess - Students participate in gross motor activities outdoors if weather permits.



11:15 - 11:30 - Transition to Home or Lunch – students gather their belongings and go to Mrs. Amidon’s classroom for lunch or to Liberty Street for pick up.