Preschool

“You ladies are amazing! You manage to command respect and attention from a dozen 3 year olds while still keeping the space friendly, fun, and educational! Our daughter loves you.”

Amy Dutton, self-employed

Kari Dodman
BS Family and Human Development

Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:9
Maximum Class Size: 16
Ages of Children: 2 1/2 – 4 years

Personal Background:

I earned my degree from Arizona State University in Family and Human Development. I began teaching in a position at St. Aloysius here in Spokane, as well as volunteering at Westview Elementary and teaching in a local church’s children’s program.  This is my fourth year at North Wall. My husband, Brandon and I have two elementary children, Ellie and Jackson.  I enjoy music, reading, and the outdoors. The value I place on loving each child individually, inspiring a desire to be the best you can be, and creating connections between school and home are what drew me to North Wall.

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe children discover and learn about the world in their own unique ways. Each child should feel supported. loved, and safe so that he or she can thrive. My goals are to encourage emotional intelligence and personal independence in all daily activities.

Goals for the Class:

  • To foster an environment of personal independence while continually encouraging the children to voice their thoughts and opinions.
  • To provide an assortment of activities and materials to promote physical, social, emotional, creative, and cognitive growth
  • To make every child to feel welcome when they arrive, safe when they are at school, and loved when they leave, so we can do it all again.
  • To make families feel welcome and keep open lines of communication to help their children challenge themselves and reach their full potential.

Class Schedule:

8:00 – Arrival, bathroom, morning snack, free choice activities

9:00 – Circle

9:15 – Morning Learning Centers (language, math, art, science, social studies)

10:00 – Bathrooms, clean-up

10:15 Outdoor Time

11:00 – Music and movement, show and share

11:15 – Lunch

12:00 – Bathroom

12:30 – Nap/rest time

2:30 – Wake up, bathroom, afternoon snack

3:00 – Afternoon centers

3:30 – Outdoor Time

4:15 – bathrooms, closing Circle

4:30 – Get ready for departure, snack

5:00 – Close of school