Moana (4′s)

Jeff Bock, MEd
Moana Class, 4's


Jeff is a fan of large projects that the students can immerse themselves in. He joined the Center family in 2007, but has also taught early elementary classes at a Montessori school, as well as at the high school level with the Hawai'i Department of Education.
Valley Varma
Moana Class, 4's


Valley joined the UHMCC ‘ohana as a Hokū teacher in 2011 after she fell in love at first sight with the environment and the school’s philosophy the first time she saw it! This semester, Valley will be teaming up with Jeff in the Moana Classroom. Although Valley is an island girl she didn’t begin her journey in the field of Early Children Education until she left Kauai for college in California with plans to pursue a career in live theatre. After volunteering as a camp counselor for third graders along the coast of Northern California during spring break, Valley knew she would never be the same again. While she entered the field as a surprise to herself she has been teaching for 16 years and is passionate about her work. Valley hopes to instill a life long love for learning in the hearts and minds of the children she has the pleasure to know and believes that this is done best by creating a balance between child directed emergent learning experiences and intentional pre-planned inquires that evolve from children’s interests. Valley was a student at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena CA before she moved home to the islands and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Curriculum studies at UH Mānoa. She lives in Kaimuki with her husband, 12 year old son, and the family cat Mingus.

Spring Curriculum Focus: Loving Our Garden & Lo‘i

Flow of the DayMoana News
Moana Class Flow of the Day
8:00 - 9:00
Outdoor arrival and greetings on the playground.
Plenty of playtime and yard TLC.
Morning playground findings include bugs, sticks,
shovels, bikes and so much more to start the days exploration!
9:00 -9:30Breakfast on the covered deck (playground) and construction in the
loose parts area.
9:30-9:45First gathering time.
All Moana Class children gather for our Hawaiian song.
Small group time: (one with each teacher) to discuss the day.
9:20-9:30Circle Time
9:45-10:45Classroom exploration.
Group and individual table games, costumes and imaginative play;
Teacher lead explorations and block building.
Art and literacy are available throughout the environment.
10:45-11:15Clean up time.
Special projects can be saved on the "save" table.
Bathroom check in followed by a group reading.
11:15-12:15Family style lunch.
Prepare our sleeping area and explore books.
Bathroom check.
12:30-1:30 The classroom rest period.
Each child will be guided to rest on their bedding while teachers
and students assistants tend to their individual needs.
1:30 - 2:00Children who are awake will get a re- application of their sunscreen,
bathroom check, and then go outside.
2:00 - 3:30Snack will be served on the deck.
Our second playground time may include, group games, gardening,
sandbox exploring and watering.
We also help clean up toys and any further TLC the yard may need.
3:30 - 4:45‘My Choice’ Class:
M-Th each child attends the class of their choice lead by either a Moana Teacher or a Polu teacher.
These specialty ‘choices’ are geared to offer small group work and in-depth exploration.
On Friday children will be on the playground.
4:45 - 5:00Time to enjoy the arrival of each family.
Let's begin another adventure tomorrow!
Aloha!
Welcome to Moana Class!

 

 

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