Class Room 16
Shweta Shidore and Michelle Kelly
I am looking forward to working with your child and you this year. You will be amazed at the growth your child will show between now and June. It is truly extraordinary and just one of the many reasons I love Pre-Kindergarten. This will be my 10th year of teaching. I have taught Preschool, Kindergarten and 8th, 9th and 10th grades. I am excited to join Alameda Early Childhood School Family. I received my Masters degree in Early Childhood from Depaul University in Chicago and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from University of Pune, India. I moved from Chicago in 2016 and currently reside in Novi, MI. I have been married for 13 years and have a wonderful daughter who will start first grade this year. We love to read, travel and enjoy our time with family and friends.
Hello, my name is Michelle Kelly. I am the paraprofessional working alongside Ms. Shweta. I have worked in the field of child care development for 10+ years caring for newborn to preschool age children. I have a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). As an early childhood educator, I feel it is my role to always provide children with a fun and positive learning experience. I am married to my husband Trent and I have a 15 year old daughter named Maya. She keeps my husband and I very busy on the weekends with her sports, basketball and soccer. My daughter attended Alameda 12 years ago and had the best experience. I am so excited to be starting my second year at Alameda and look forward to interacting with your child, watching them learn new things and developing new relationships.
A four-year old child’s brain is ready to investigate, listen, learn and connect to others. Young kids are active learners. We believe that carefully planned, hands-on experiences and active exploration of materials provide the best ways to learn. Our curriculum supports development in language; concepts of print and introduction of print as well as development in math, science, and social studies.
Throughout the day, the children are immersed in language experiences which promote literacy; books, poems, storytelling, songs, fingerplays… even a little opera. We don’t drill math facts but we do count, pattern, measure, and graph. Fine motor skills are developed through small manipulatives, writing materials, play dough, sand, scissors and crayons. Experiences in the gym, in the woods and on the playground provide opportunities to develop the larger muscles. Our programs allow time for the children to expand their communication skills, sharing thoughts and ideas. They need to figure out how to take turns, share with others, try new things and resolve differences. With a little support, a great deal of this growth occurs during free play.