Moana (4’s)

Heather Lemkelde,
Moana Class Teacher

Heather is very happy to be joining the UHMCC team. She has enjoyed working with young children for more than 20 years. She has taught in a variety of settings including a Baltimore City Public School, a Head Start program on Oahu, and an international preschool in Japan that uses the Reggio Emilia approach.

Heather earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga where she worked for the Ministry of Education's Office of Early Childhood Education. She then went on to attain her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Union Institute & University.

Heather has a special interest in emergent literacy and loves to encourage young children to express their ideas through visual arts. Other than working with children, Heather enjoys traveling with her husband, knitting, photography, and hiking. She looks forward to getting to know the children, families and staff of UHMCC better in the coming years.
Shanda Freitas
Moana Class Teacher

Shanda is a mother of two daughters Tehani and Tara. She graduated from UH Mānoa with a Masters in the Educational Foundations Program. Shanda loves art, music, culture and surfing. "I have been working with young children for thirteen years and still love it! My mission is to instill a love of learning by creating hands-on, meaningful learning experiences."
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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!
Welcome to Moana Class!



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