The 2s classes meet two days per week (either Tuesday and Thursday or Monday and Wednesday) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For the first month of the year, school for the 2s begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m., to ease these young children into the school routine. Each class has a maximum of ten students, with one parent assistant (co-oper) to maintain an adult-to-child ratio of no less than 1:5.
In the Yellow Ducks classroom, the children work on developing cognitive, social, and self-help skills through their play. This typically happens as they explore stimulating textures and objects in the sensory table, work with play dough, build with blocks, magnatiles and other manipulatives, climb on the play equipment, ride bikes and cars, play and listen to music, and create and experience art.
A typical day in the Ducks classroom includes:
9:00–10:00 Free play/specials
10:00–10:30 Dramatic play room
11:30–12:00 Playground/gross motor
2s Class Lead Teacher
Annie has two children who both attended Valley Drive beginning in 2008. She served on the board and as the hospitality chair for 4 years. She became an assistant teacher in 2013 while her daughter was a Busy Bee where she enjoyed helping out in all of the classrooms. She became a dedicated 2s teacher in 2014. Annie received her BA in Drama from the University of Virginia. When away from Valley Drive, Annie enjoys playing outside with her children, gardening, trips to the zoo and local parks and volunteering at her children’s elementary school.
2s Class Assistant Teacher
Kate joined the Valley Drive community in 2012 when her son joined the Green Frogs (3’s) class. During her years at the school she served as the Fundraising Chair. Kate has a BFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Kate is excited to combine her previous experience as a fashion designer and children’s costumer with her love of the play based curriculum. In addition to being the assistant teacher of the Ducks (2’s) class, Kate also is teaching an Art Masters Lunch Bunch for the 3’s and 4’s classes where children get to explore different movements and mediums in art. When not teaching, Kate spends her time competing in the sport of triathlon, playing hockey with her son’s team, horseback riding with her daughter, volunteering at her children’s school, playing with her dogs, cooking and gardening.