Yellow Class

Welcome to the Yellow Class. My name is Mrs. Tracy Funke and I have been teaching the Yellow class for 12 years. Mrs. Marti Holmes is my assistant and we have been teaching together for the last nine years.

This year we have 10 wonderful energetic 3 year-olds that are blossoming into 4 year-olds. We have a wide age range from a student just turning 3, to a few turning 4 this winter. They keep us on our toes.

In the 3 year-old class we work on social and emotional learning as well as academic skills. Many of our students have not been in an environment with so many other students their same age. Sharing, kind words, working together and empathy are new tasks for 3 year-olds, and are skills we work on every day. We want your children to grow up to be kind, empathetic and well-rounded individuals.

We also have a learning centers room that has at least 8 different areas where the students can choose to play for our first hour of school. We have a listening center, a writing center, a dramatic play area, a reading center, a hands-on or sensory center, a manipulatives area, and  a building area and some other centers that can be for 1 or 2 students at a time. Some of these centers change themes throughout the year. This is also the room where we work on individual skills with the children and have the opportunity to build relationships on a one-to-one basis. They are amazing little people.

Three year-olds also have a lot of energy, so we try to go outside as often as we can, to release that energy. When the weather makes it impossible for us to go to the playground, we visit our Gross Motor room where the children can engage in many activities, such as playing with the parachute (which they LOVE), hula hoops, bean bag games, exercising, a row boat, small trampoline, hopscotch, a balance beam and also hopping, skipping, jumping etc. to practice using their large muscle groups.

In the art room we engage in a little bit of everything from easel painting, play dough, finger painting, painting with golf balls, cutting, drawing, drawing with different mediums such as shaving cream, sponge painting, water colors, and following directions when we complete pages for our growth book to name a few. Always check the wall outside our classroom to see the artwork we have been working on.

We have a great group of students and hope they are enjoying their time in our class.