Cathedral Elementary School
4 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN
MRS. VAL BREIDEL
Early Childhood Education – Western Technical Institute
Early Childhood Administration Credential – University of Milwaukee
+ years with Aquinas Catholic Schools
+ years total teaching experience
In 1990, I decided that the corporate world was not the direction that God was calling me. My heart was to with work children in an Early Childhood Christian setting. I pursued my education and started working in my first Christian child care center in 1994. In 1998, I started working at St. Thomas More Childcare Center (which later became Mary Mother of the Church Early Childhood Center) eventually becoming the director. In August of 2012 after the decision was made to close the Early Childhood Center due to structural issues, I took a position at Cathedral School as the 4K Extended Care Teacher. I love working with the young children and watching them grow.
In 4K Extended Care one of my main goals is the Social/Emotional aspect of learning. This is a core part of the children’s learning process (how to follow directions, how to get along with others, how to problem solve, what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior, how to deal with feelings, and to show respect).
The classroom is set up into several learning centers where the children can play with others or choose to play independently. I also follow a weekly theme. At the beginning of the year my themes focus on Social/Emotional stories and then the second half of the year I focus on authors that have written a series of books. I also have the children work on a project book throughout the year. For each theme the children draw a picture relating to the theme. At the end of the year these pictures are sent home in book form for the children and parents to enjoy together.
I also work with the 4K teacher/s and add to my lesson plans the area of developmental learning they are currently working on.