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Poni (2’s)


andrea profile picAndrea Hill
Poni Class Teacher, 2′s

Andrea has called O‘ahu her home for all her life, and if asked for directions is known to say, “I know landmarks, not street names. But you can’t get lost on an island — just take the scenic route!” Andrea is passionate about her friends, family, and extended family at the Children’s Center, where she has worked since 1998, most recently at the Little House where she enjoys every minute of her time with Honua. Andrea and her other family — her husband, James, and daughter Ashley — love spending time on their boat in Kaneohe Bay. Andrea earned a BA in Sociology from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa while also doing coursework in Early Childhood Education.
karmen profile picKarmen Furtado
Poni Class Teacher, 2's

Karmen is very happy and excited to join the UHMCC family again! She was previously a student assistant at UHMCC for over three years while earning a BS in Family Resources at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Karmen has a passion for working with children and enjoys watching them learn and grow each day. She believes that early education is crucial for a child's development and wants to provide children with the best environment to learn, grow, and explore. She is looking forward to getting to know the children, families and staff at the Children's Center as well as learning to improve as an early education teacher. Karmen enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nephews and friends. She likes traveling, reading, shopping and going to the beach.


RoutinesPoni Flow of the DayPoni Weekly Preview
Most children thrive on a more stable routine. This allows them to anticipate what will happen and helps to lesson the anxiety on the unknown. Micah and I have been tweaking our schedule in order to make the day and larger transitions as smooth as possible. Please take a close look at our updated schedule so you may make an informed decision on your child’s drop offs and pick-ups. Schedule on any given day may be flexible in order to accommodate a group of 2 year olds.
Poni Class Flow of the Day Pick-up times
8:00-9:00 Indoor play
(Highlights on special indoor activities)
8:45Start clean-up in classroom
9:00-9:30Morning snack (Large transition- snacking, bathrooming, &
children finished eating will transition out to the playground)
9:30-10:30Outdoor play
(Highlights on special outdoor activities)
10:30-10:45Clean-up outdoor area (Large transition- clean-up and children transitioning
back into the classroom)
10:45-11:00Circle Time
(Highlights on singing, movement & discussions on topics of the day)
Quiet Reading
11:30Start of 2nd bathrooming
11:45Quiet reading time
12:00-2:00 Nap time
2:00 or when children wake-up3rd bathrooming2:00 Pick-up on Friday for children without Friday care.
Large transition:
Waking up,
Afternoon snack,
Indoor play
2:00-3:30Indoor play
3:00-3:304th bathrooming
3:30-4:45Outdoor play4:00 1st Scheduled pick-up if your child's confirmed schedule is 8:00-4:00 (M-Th).
4:45Outdoor shut down4:302nd Scheduled pick-up if your child’s confirmed schedule is 8:30-4:30 (M-Th).
5:00 Goodbyes
School Closes
5:003rd Scheduled pick-up if you child’s confirmed schedule is 9:00-5:00 (M-Th).


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