PRESCHOOL PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

Mt. Top Kids Preschool is a progressive program which promotes positive self esteem in children ages three, four, and five.The majority of the day is spent in a mixed age setting of 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s.  Mt. Top Kids follows an approved Early Childhood Curriculum. The Curriculum is centered on monthly themes.  Each day begins with a large group circle time.  Learning self control, communication, socialization, listening skills, math concepts (calendar), memorization (finger plays and songs), and knowledge about the weekly theme are all aspects of circle time. Mt. Top Kids operates a developmentally appropriate behavioral classroom. The room is set up with learning centers.  Learning centers, sometimes called discovery centers, exploration or interest areas, are physical places in the classroom where children can explore materials and interact with each other. The materials included in the center are diverse, multicultural, plentiful, and interesting to the children. Learning centers may vary from month to month but they usually consist of art, science, manipulatives, books, listening, dramatic play, music and movement, transportation and blocks, sensory, writing, and computers.

We follow the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards - PA Keys.

Approaches to Learning Through Play

Constructing, Organizing, and Applying Knowledge

Social and Emotional Development

Student Interpersonal Skills

Health, Wellness, and Physical Development

Learning About My Body

Mathematical Thinking and Expression

Exploring, Processing, and Problem-Solving

Scientific Thinking and Technology

Exploring Scientific Inquiry and Discovery

Language and Literacy Development

English Language Arts

Creative Thinking and Expression

Communicating Through the Arts

Social Studies Thinking

Connecting Communities

Partnerships for Learning

Family, Early Care and Education Programs, and Communities


Our Profile

Programs

Mt. Top Kids is divided into five developmental segments: Nursery, Toddlers, Two's, Preschool, and School Aged (school year and summer camp). Use the links to read more about each program's philosophy.

PreSchool & Prekindergarten Staff

  • PRESCHOOL HEAD TEACHER

Alyssa Meyers joined Mt. Top Kids in May 2015. Alyssa joined us straight out of college where she majored in Early Childhood Education. Alyssa did her student teaching at Growing Concern and Country Charm, as well as the Hazelton YMCA. Miss Alyssa is the proud mother of baby Cameron born in July 2016, (now residing in our nursery).

  • PRESCHOOL TEACHER'S AID

Marion Hogan rejoined Mt. Top Kids in September 2016. Marion is not really "new" to our staff since she worked with us previously around fifteen years and five children ago. Miss Marion is a graduate of Bishop Hoban High School, and attended Kings College. Over the last fifteen years Marion has worked closely with Luzerne County Children and Youth as a foster parent. She has also been active as Sunday School Teacher.

  • SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

Kim Rosania - Tuesdays. Miss Kim is responsible for the overall holiday activity planning. She studied at Northhampton College and holds a Child Development Associate credential. Kim has been on staff since 1989.

  • PREKINDERGARTEN HEAD TEACHER

Lorene Podufalski, has been on staff since August 2003. Miss Lorene has a degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining Mt. Top Kids, Lorene was a substitute teacher's aid with Crestwood School District. Lorene is most remembered for the very entertaining and touching graduation program she conducts with our PreK graduates at the end of the school year. Each year is different...so be ready for a real treat.

  • PREKINDERGARTEN TEACHER'S AID

Brandon Nichols joined Mt. Top Kids as summer staff in June 2013 and decided to stay. Brandon is a college student with a major in computer technology and minor in education...this is Brandon's third year working in Preschool.

  • PREKINDERGARTEN SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

Deborah Opiel is a former Crestwood School District Teacher with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Reading. Mrs. Opiel is a certified reading specialist who concentrates on language arts and prereading skills while at Mt. Top Kids. She is on staff every Friday and whenever else she is needed in the classroom.

Events

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SPECIAL LEARNING PROJECTS
Throughout the school year, different projects will be undertaken in Preschool. These may include a curriculum produced by the Burn Foundation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Mini-March for Cystic Fibrosis, Hop-A-Thon for Muscular Dystrophy, and more.

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CULTURAL EVENTS & FIELD TRIPS
Mt. Top Kids offers many opportunities for cultural enrichment such as trips to the Kirby Center's Young People's Performances. There are also optional trips for rollerskating, bowling, pumpkin picking in the fall, Reptile Land and the annual Shrine Circus.

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Every Summer we offer a BIG trip to complement our Summer Theme. We have visited the Philadelphia Zoo, Camden Aquarium, Crayola Factory, and the Bronx Zoo. Parent chaperones are always welcomed.

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