Featured Teacher | Ms. Kay | Pre-Toddler A Lead Teacher

The lead teacher in Pre-Toddler A is Ms. Kay. Ms. Kay was born in McClellanville, SC but then moved to Jacksonville, Fla until 2013. After graduation, Ms. Kay moved back to Charleston to be with her hero, Grandma Joyce. Her grandmother is her inspiration and has instilled in her the belief to live positively and love generously. Ms. Kay also follows Philippians 4:13: “Through Christ, all things are possible.”

Once Ms. Kay moved back to the Lowcountry, family members recommended Children’s Discovery Center. They knew her love for children was strong and thought CDC would be a great fit. She was excited to join the team and learn about the Reggio philosophy, which encourages her children to “think outside the box” and find their creative side. She also loves using art materials to enhance learning, even with her young learners.

Outside of CDC, Ms. Kay loves spending time with her one-year-old daughter Paisley, her fiancé and their dog. An interesting fact about Ms. Kay is that she loves creating hairstyles for friends and family. She attended cosmetology school in Florida and utilizes her training to this day.

Featured Project: Bird Nests

childrens discovery center projectsPreToddler A students love looking for birds while outside on nature walks.

To further this interest, they read In My Nest. Ms. Kay began asking questions such as, “Where do birds live?” and “Where do birds feed their young?” Children learned about where birds live by viewing images, reading books and searching for nests outside. To create their own nests, the class collected pine straw, sticks and leaves.

Children's Discovery Center ToddlerSome natural artifacts were pressed into clay and others were placed in the sensory bin for exploration. The children enjoyed working as a team as they built their nests. Through the nest investigation, children also noticed the eggs that rested within them.

Children noticed there are a variety of different eggs in images. Each classmate was given an opportunity to make their own clay eggs. To create eggs, the children used different materials such as blue sand, oats and paint. They molded the clay in egg-like shapes, then rolled the eggs in the materials to create colored and spotted eggs. Children noticed the colors of eggs in images presented and created paint colors to coordinate.

Recently, children began comparing the different sizes of eggs. Some eggs are small and others are as large as our hands! Children are starting to sort eggs based on their attributes and enjoy placing eggs in their nest, created in our sensory bin.