Meet Ms. Michelle My resume is long and boring until I get to the part where I really like to play and get messy.
You will find me elbow deep in Oobleck, learning the alphabet through art, and singing silly made up songs about the planets. I have been working with children for over 25 years and earned my ECCE certificate. With the support of my wonderful family we created MishMash. My three girls work summer camps and special events. My husband also known as Mr. Mash, keeps MishMash in great running order and helps bring my bright idea's to life. MishMash is all about getting messy, making mistakes, and being creative. That's how we learn.
Meet Ms. Kim Let me introduce myself, I am the teacher with the magical hair. It helps me learn my colours. It may be purple, pink, green or blue, if you see it change colours let me know and we can learn a new colour together. I am working on the Early Child Care Education and think it is an amazing learning experience. I have two children of my very own, one is a boy and one is a girl. We go on adventures all the time like slaying dragon, tracking down dinosaurs, and seeing if we can find fairies under the leaves of beautiful flowers. I like to sing silly song, jump in really big puddles and play my purple drums.
Drum - didi - drum - didi - rum - pum - pum
Meet Ms. Mallory
When I grow up, I want to be a superhero. My superhero outfit would be orange and silver with lots of sparkles with a big “MM” for Ms. Mallory. And if I could pick my superpower, it would be teleportation. I would be the champion and even the gold medalist in the game of Hide And Go Seek. No one would ever find me. I have no children yet, but I really do love watching them create wondrous things out of paper, glue and a little imagination. I am working on my Early Child Care Education and loving school. But I must say, I love that I get to experience and learn from 14 little teachers in our MishMash classroom the best.
Meet Ms. Julia
So, I decided when I grow up, I wanted to be a Rockstar, but Ms. Kim did that. So, I decided to be a Superhero, but Ms. Mallory did that. Maybe run a preschool and have 3 kids? Nope, that’s Ms. Michelle. Who can I be? So I thought and thought, and thought some more. I know, I’m just going to be Ms. Julia. The rainbow wearing, story telling preschool teacher who likes to drink Broccoli Tea with my pinkies up, fly through the room with paper wings, and who dances the chicken on my knees and loves warm hug whenever the need. Hi, I am Ms. Julia and I am your preschool teacher, let’s go on a new adventure, come on follow me I know the way. We’ll start down here and go up there. Threw a small door and end up who knows where. Will we be astronauts eating cheese on the moon, or riding purple unicorns in forbidden forests of fairy and elves. Yes that’s a good start.
MishMash Philosophy I have always believed in the power of self-expression and creativity, but now I would like to share my belief in the benefits of arts and crafts and it's abilities to get your children on the right track for kindergarten.
Whether your little one is heading to kindergarten this fall, or that big milestone is still a couple of years away, it is not too early to start thinking about kindergarten readiness.
Kindergarten has taken huge leaps away from what it was when I was a kindergartener. Gone, for many of our school districts, is the Half-day program and kindergarten being about school readiness, even for those of us who had gone to preschool. In those days preschool was about social readiness.
By engaging children in directed arts and crafts projects, you're hitting a couple of really important kindergarten readiness skills. "Directed" activities are developing a specific task that has step-by-step directions. Why? Being able to follow multiple part directions is critical as your child enters school. Children are given a set of three directions to follow in order. A child entering kindergarten should be able to follow two and three step directions with no problems. By having a specific sequence of how to do an art project, even if it's just trace, cut and glue, it is going to help to develop that skill.
Learning how to form proper shapes with objects and eventually the pencil will help form letters. Being able to understand that a triangle has three sides and mastering it with a pencil makes writing an "A" "W" "V" a piece of cake later when the time comes. Shapes are the baby steps to learning the alphabet.
Arts and crafts grace many major readiness skills: fine motor development, creativity, dexterity, communication, sharing, concentration and perseverance.
These are just a few of the benefits of Arts and Crafts. There is also the social aspect, becoming part of a whole community within our walls. Sharing, communication and above all else doing it in an environment that is fostering self-expression, uniqueness, safety, and a plain old fun place to be yourself.
MishMash’s basic curriculum will be drawn from the children’s interests and ideas shared in our classroom. All children will participate in arts and crafts at our table, which promotes teamwork, a social atmosphere, communication, stimulates friendships and gives a sense of belonging.
MishMash also bases the literacy and language portion of our curriculum around music and movement. Music is an excellent tool for children, as it develops neural pathways in the brain that can assist reading, writing, and language skills in these crucial early learning years. Our classes will create a comfortable and fun learning environment for students to build these skill sets and improve such things as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, behavior and social skills. Along with the knowledge of following and understand the concepts and rules of reading music which is the same fundamentals of following and understand the concepts of language and literacy.