Text Size
 

 
 

ABC Pre-K

Kids in class listening to a teacher read a story

Logo for ABC Pre-KLogo for Three Rivers Park District

Registration

Registration opens on Friday, April 1, 2016. Registration is for the entire school year, from September to May. Registrations will be accepted until classes fill; please keep in mind that classes fill quickly.

Phone and email

Abbey Pattison
763-493-8167
Email Abbey Pattison

Program description

ABC Pre-K is a state-licensed program designed for children ages 3 to 5. In our classes, children are immersed in hands-on activities that foster meaningful connections to their classmates, teachers, and the word around them.

Best practice and kindergarten readiness research is showing that children learn best when they have the opportunity to be hands-on with classroom materials and participate in small group activities with other children and a teacher. Inquiry-based learning methods teach children to ask questions and investigate and ultimately learn how to learn. We incorporate these practices every day and do our best to make sure we are using research-based teaching methods.

Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on providing a safe, nurturing, quality environment in which we can foster the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, artistic, literary and musical development of each child in our preschool program. We strongly value our natural environment and how important it is for children to have frequent access to meaningful experiences outdoors. Every child entrusted in our care is encouraged to explore, investigate, and learn about the world around them, as well as their own individuality.

Communication

We will keep you updated on what we are working on and what the children are learning through daily, weekly, and monthly communication methods. We will also have a parent bulletin board you can reference for copies of our calendar, newsletters, snack lists, and more.

A parent packet with more information will be sent out before the start of the school year.

Curriculum

We will be using Creative Curriculum and will do a variety of studies throughout the year. Each study will last approximately 3 to 6 weeks. 

We focus on age-appropriate academic concepts while developing important social-emotional skills.

  • Math
  • Music
  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Art
  • Nature

At ABC Pre-K, we value each opportunity our children have to play, use their imaginations, and explore the great big world.

Nature-based curriculum

This school year, a naturalist from Three Rivers Park District will join our teaching staff. Your child will have frequent access to the outdoors and experience daily adventures in nature.

Goals

The goals of our program are:

  • To increase self-esteem, independence, and confidence
  • To develop cognitive, motor, and social-emotional skills
  • To promote imaginative and creative play
  • To provide positive and meaningful experiences in the outdoors
  • To prepare each child for kindergarten using best practice methods

Requirements

All children must be completely toilet trained by the first day of class (no pull-ups). Reasonable accommodations will be made for children with disabilities or other special needs.

Early childhood screening

We do not require your child be screened before they enroll in ABC Pre-K. Once your child is enrolled in ABC Pre-K, we partner with Osseo Area Schools to provide onsite screening. Please ask your teacher for more information.

Early childhood screening is required by the State of Minnesota and must be completed before starting kindergarten. It is recommended that a child be screened at age three so any potential problems can be found early.

More information on screening

Contact your district screening office for more information on early childhood screening

Osseo early childhood screening

Anoka-Hennepin early childhood screening

Robbinsdale early childhood screening

Daytime classes daily schedule

Activity Time Details
Outdoor free play 15 minutes Free play at the nature play area and playground. This is a time to practice social and physical development while also demonstrating an understanding of basic safety rules (and, of course, have fun and burn off energy!)
Outdoor lesson 30 minutes Hands-on learning through outdoor exploration and discovery. Children will take part in 2 to 3 unique outdoor lessons throughout the week. Outdoor learning is typically done in small groups of 5 to 7 students and supports scientific thinking, language and literacy development, and mathematical concepts.
Circle time 15 minutes Large group time to practice and reflect on social and emotional skills. May include a book or body awareness activity, or be used as a time to review classroom expectations and introduce new rules or concepts.
Transition time 15 minutes Transition from outdoors to indoors includes putting away outdoor clothing in cubbies. This is a time to practice managing transitions with self-control while promoting responsibility and independence within each child.
Snack 15 minutes Snacks are served family-style, which includes scooping from and passing a snack-filled bowl, and pouring from and passing a pitcher of water. This format encourages table manners and other social skills, as well as fine motor development.
Interest areas 45 minutes Student choice time with options in dramatic play, writing, art, math and manipulatives, building blocks, science, music, and loose parts. Teachers work with kids in groups and one-on-one during this time and may include a small group activity to further practice a specific skill.
Storytime and wrap-up 15 minutes Review and reinforce the concepts learned throughout the day using large group discussion and a complementary story.

 

Evening classes daily schedule

Activity Time Details
Group time 15 to 20 minutes Group time for hands-on learning. Children will take part in 2 to 3 unique lessons throughout the week. Activities may be done as a large group or in small groups of 5 to 7 students. These activities support scientific thinking, language and literacy development, and mathematical concepts. This time may also be used to practice and reflect on social and emotional skills. May include a book or body awareness activity, or be used as a time to review classroom expectations and introduce new rules or concepts.
Interest areas 45 minutes Student choice time with options in dramatic play, writing, art, math and manipulatives, building blocks, science, music, and loose parts. Teachers work with kids in groups and one-on-one during this time and may include a small group activity to further practice a specific skill.
Storyline and wrap-up 15 minutes Review and reinforce the concepts learned throughout the day using large group discussion and a complementary story.

 

Class offerings for 2016-17

September 12, 2016 to May 12, 2017. No classes November 21 through 25, December 19 through 30 or March 27 through 31.

Days Time Age (in years) Cost per year Cost per month
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 4 to 5, must be 4 by September 1, 2016 $1,512 $168
Monday/Wednesday 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. 3 to 5 $1,080 $120
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 3 $1,080 $120
Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. 3 to 5 $1,080 $120
Monday/Wednesday 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. 3 to 5 $693 $77

 

Registration

Registration is for the entire school year, from September to May. Registrations will be accepted until classes fill; please keep in mind that classes fill quickly.

Payment and scholarships

A non-refundable $35 registration fee is due at registration. You can either pay for the entire year at the time of registration or choose our monthly payment option. Scholarships are available and are based on household income. Contact our office for more information about applying for a scholarship, 763-493-8333.

Read more about youth scholarships

Staff

Abbey PattisonAbbey Pattison, director

I have been a teacher in this program for 12 years and this is my fourth school year as the director. I have a master's degree in occupational therapy from St. Catherine University and I worked full time for two years at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital before I transitioned to the director role here at ABC Pre-K.

I live in Crystal with my husband Gabe and our one year old son Oliver. We enjoy the outdoors and spending time at our family cabin. I have always had a passion for children and I truly love the work I do.

Megan KelzenbergMegan Kelzenberg, lead teacher and naturalist-in-residence

I have worked as an educator for Three Rivers Park District for 8 years. I have developed and led programming in environmental education, outdoor recreation, and cultural history. During this time, I specialized in outdoor preschool offerings including drop-off programs, adult/child programs, and summer camps.

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and working on home improvement projects. I am excited to begin a new adventure as the naturalist-in-residence/lead teacher with ABC Pre-K!

Sheri GulenchynSheri Gulenchyn, lead teacher

This is my second year as a lead teacher at ABC Pre-K. I am married with two grown children. I enjoy solving sudoku puzzles and the Rubik's cube. I have been teaching for more than 13 years. I am very excited for this next chapter in my teaching career and I look forward to getting to know you and your children.

Wendy TuominenWendy Tuominen, early childhood special education teacher

My role at ABC Pre-K is as an early childhood special education teacher with Osseo Area Schools. I have been in the early childhood profession for over 25 years. I have an undergrad and master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. My hope is to move into educational leadership at some point in the future.

I have been happily married to my husband Brian for 34 years. We have two adult children, who attended and graduated from Osseo Area Schools. Some of my personal interests are watercolor painting, yoga, and hanging out with family and friends. This is a great program and I'm thrilled to be working here and with all of your children.

Shawna ArndtShawna Gass, teacher

This is my first year teaching at ABC Pre-K and I am very excited for the new school year. I have been working in early childhood education for 15 plus years in various roles and have learned so much about children along the way. The past couple years I have been pursuing my master's degree from Concordia University in curriculum and instruction: early childhood education.

I have been quite busy wedding planning this summer and am looking forward to getting back to some normalcy. I love to do as much reading, biking, and outdoor activities as possible. My husband and I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, particularly my niece. I am truly looking forward to learning and growing with your children!

Luke SchneiderLuke Schneider, teacher

This is my fifth year teaching at ABC Pre-K and I enjoy every minute of it! When not at work, I enjoy spending a lot of time with family and friends. I became interested in the education field because both my siblings, Jake and Lucy, are on the autism spectrum. Seeing the difference their teachers made to their development and learning has been a big inspiration and taught me what it means to be a teacher who can make a difference.

Katie KustKatie Kust, teacher

This is my first teaching at ABC Pre-K. I completed my bachelors of social work at Luther College. While there, I played Division III women's ultimate Frisbee and loved every minute of running around on the fields and competing! I am now completing my graduate degree in social work through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I work during the week interning at Fraser in the mornings and also helping in special education classrooms in the Osseo district in the afternoons.

My favorite activities involve any physical activity outside or reading! I love working with kids because I think they have a refreshing and creative way to look at everyday life. They keep me excited to see what new things the day will bring!

Contact us

Community Activity Center (Recreation and Parks Department)

5600 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to the Community Activity Center

Summer hours

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, closed unless we have a scheduled event or activity
Hours may vary based on events and activities.

Phone and email

Abbey Pattison
763-493-8167
Email Abbey Pattison

 
close (X)