• DVUSD Community Education Prekindergarten 

    About Our Class
    Prekindergarten is an exciting time in a child's life. In our Reggio inspired class, the environment plays an intricate role. The environment is intentionally set up with engaging, flexible, rich materials to sustain meaningful interactions. It provokes exploration and experimentation, problem solving, negotiation, communication and collaboration, while promoting a balance between comfort and stimulation. My goal is to provide an environment that contains places for private reflection and encourages interaction that is transformable by children with many possibilities and opportunities for surprise, joy, and investigation. Our project-based class explores a topic of interest in-depth. The children question, explore, investigate, read, write, draw, count, graph, pattern, and experiment along their journey of discovery. We spend much of our time in our outdoor classroom. Through hands-on investigations, teacher facilitated discussions and questioning, a child's innate sense of wonder thrives.  
    Are you looking for something to do with your young child? DVUSD Family Resource Center offers many fun and educational activities for children birth-5 years old. All activities are FREE and many are held right here at Copper Creek! Follow this link to view calendar of activities and for registration information: 
    Instilling the love of math and science in your young child is easy. Read more here:
    Our class is featured in an article published by First Things First. Read how we use our outdoor classroom to expand learning.
    Regular Class Hours:                                       Early Release Hours:                                               
    A.M. = 8:30-11:15                                               A.M. = 8:30-10:00                   
    Full Day = 8:30-3:15                                          Full Day = 8:30-11:50
    P.M. = 12:30-3:15                                               P.M. = 10:20-11:50 


  • During centers, Rosie and Quinn rubbed pollen from cut wildflowers onto a paper plate. Then, they drew flower petals and taped a craft stick to the plate to create a flower. The girls wondered if bees would like their flower. They took their flower outside during recess. Other children joined the girls as they began their experiment. They discussed where they should place the flower so the bees would find it. Many more questions were discussed: Where should we go to watch? How will we see the bees? What will the bees do?


Simple materials, Complex creations

Story time outside is magical

Provocation: What can you build with magnets?

Our Study of Music is Noteworthy!

There's so much to learn in our outdoor classroom!

What's Cooking in the Mud Kitchen?

Pre K Notes

  • A New Year

    Posted by Kelly Simmons on 1/3/2019

    As 2018 comes to an end, it is a time to look back to the many exciting discoveries and experiences in our class. The children learned many things our first semester, including studies of seeds, music, migration, and hibernation. We watched migratory birds live on the Smart Board as they stopped to rest on the Mississippi River Flyway. We learned to identify eagles, pelicans, swans, and cranes. We also watched the Decorah bald eagles as they began to build their nest in preparation for laying eggs. In our own backyard, the question of who lives behind the mystery doors on the playground was solved through many handwritten notes, discussions, and observations. We planted flower and vegetable seeds in our garden. We watered and watched as our plants grew. Everyone was impressed how tall the corn plant had grown. We discovered several cocoons in the garden. The children made predictions on how they arrived there, what will happen, and what will emerge. Many children hoped to see a beautiful butterfly emerge, and were surprised when they saw moths. This lead to more discussions on the difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon. 

    The children are growing quickly; physically, emotionally, and academically. They have blossomed and new skills are achieved each day. They have many interests that include ramps, tunnels, building, horses, unicorns, and magnets. The second semester, we will expand on these interests by providing materials to experiment and problem solve as they learn more. We will continue to support and encourage our young writers and readers. We have many authors in our class who have been writing and illustrating books. We listen with anticipation to each child as they read aloud their book to the class. This is an exciting time and I look forward with enthusiam to the second semester. 

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  • Our First Month

    Posted by Kelly Simmons on 9/10/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Our first month together has been busy. The days are filled with investigations, new discoveries, and surprises at every corner. The most exciting discovery has been the mystery of the small doors at the base of the oak trees. The children ask many questions about the doors. We've had discussions about how to discover the answers to their questions. The children wrote and drew messages that were left beside the doors. We received messages in return and learned that two fairies, Finn and Luna, live behind the doors. We also learned that they are brother and sister. The children have more questions for Finn and Luna. We can't wait to learn more.

    Our Lessons:  Math - Matching objects, sorting, how many questions with 1, 2, 3, matching a numeral with a group of objects, data analysis through graphs, and using appropriate vocabulary to describe time and sequence.  Literacy - Phonological awareness, rhyming words, letters E & F, and emergent writing skills. Social Emotional - Recognizing and expressing feelings, social interactions.  Social Studies - Understands family and views self as a member of the family unit. Identifies family members. Identifies similarities and differences in their family composition and the families of others.

    New Vocabulary:  Kindness, investigate, mystery, observation, group, horizontal, vertical, morning, mid-day, afternoon, evening, and rhyme.

    Art History: Piet Mondrian, Dutch artist

    Coming up Next: A study of seeds; planting fall crops in our garden; the letters E and H; and rhyming. In math, we will demonstrate quantity using a 10 frame; arrange and count up to 5 objects in scattered and linear configurations; count The Math Way; and find embedded numbers in 4 and 5.

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Community Education - DVUSD

Signs we know!

  • I love you, love, friend, line up, lion, like, frog, feet, fox, father, fast, egg, elevator, elephant, hot, happy, hat, horse, house, turtle, talk, table, teeth, tiger, tree, ice cream, in, insect, island, I, itch, water, kind, under, up, umbrella, cat, corn, cold, cup, cookie, crackers, cake, over, on, off, queen, quick, quiet, quit, go, green, gorilla, goat, jump, jacket, jam, juice, dog, dinosaur, diamond, popcorn, pizza, please, pig, vacation, vanilla, violin, walk, watermelon, wind, world, water, rainbow, rabbit, monkey, motorcycle, milk, more, mom, moon

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