NC Pre-K II – Seahorses

The preschool learning environment is primarily based on The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, developed by Teaching Strategies Inc, used in high-quality early education settings throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. At the core of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool are well-planned learning centers that allow for child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching that prepares children for academic excellence. The development of language, mathematical reasoning, and scientific thought is emphasized throughout all the centers. Changes to the learning environment, activities, and projects reflect emerging interests and individual goals. Learning centers offer guided experiences that encompass all the skills and understandings necessary for optimum development and success in school.

Typical centers include:
Language/Library Technology/Computers
Construction/Blocks Science
Dramatic Play Outdoor Learning
Art/Creative Expression Music and Movement
Sensory: Sand and Water Math/Manipulatives

Learning Centers are supplemented by any number of independent learning stations designed for use by one or two children.

Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices using Family Choice Boards, participate in small groups and projects, join in circle-times with the whole group, and reflect upon and document their learning experiences. Children are guided to critical learning experiences that form the building blocks of healthy development. Using the The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and knowledge of the children and families as a framework, teachers use their talent and expertise to design, adapt, and invent learning centers that best serve the children in the room.

Interest Areas

The physical space of The Creative Curriculum classroom is organized into 10 indoor interest areas:

Dramatic Play
Toys and Games
Sand and Water
Music and Movement
The 10 indoor interest areas plus the outdoor space offer multiple opportunities for children to explore, discover, and learn. Interest areas provide a setting for children to learn academic content and apply skills.

Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum is used in all our Pre-K Classrooms

Based on more than 15 years of classroom application and the most current academic, social, and emotional research, the Second Step curriculum focuses on the three essential competenciesempathy, impulse control and problem solving, and anger management.

In about 30 minutes once or twice a week, the students learn to practice prosocial behavior. The Second Step program teaches children how to deal with emotions, resist impulsive behavior, resolve conflict, solve problems and understand the consequences of their actions. By understanding their emotions and how to respond to them, students are able to remain focused on academics. Children learn to understand issues that lead to conflict and then use specific problem solving strategies to resolve and avoid them.
Teachers model and reinforce the skills taught in the lesson throughout the week.

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megan 2Megan McIntyre, Lead Teacher

I have been working at Partners in Learning since June 2004. I have been a part of the PIL for more than 8 years now and love teaching children. I have a passion for children with special needs, but love the challenge every child brings. Each and every child brings something new and excited no matter what age they are. I have work with all age’s birth-pre K. I was a Toddler teacher for more than 5 years, just this past year I changed age groups to working with the Pre-K. I graduated from West Rowan High School in 2004. I currently have an AAS in Business Administration from Rowan Cabarrus Community College and I also have a BA in Early Childhood from Catawba. E-mail Megan.





Kristie1Kristie Cauble, Assistant Teacher

My name is Kristie Cauble and I grew up here in Salisbury, NC. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 amazing boys together. I am a dance instructor in the evenings at Steppin Out Dance Company. Dance has been a part of my life for over 26 years.  I attended North Elementary, North Middle, and North High where I graduated in 2002. I went to Rowan Cabarrus Community College to get my Associates Degree in Early Childhood and fell in love from their.

I began working at Partners In Learning while attending Rowan Cabarrus as a part time afternoon person in the baby room. As the years went on I graduated and moved up in positions to Lead Teacher of a 4 year old classroom and then later what is now the NC-PreK,  I was the Lead Teacher in one of those classrooms. While teaching in that classroom I began classes at Catawba during their evening program to get my Bachelors degree and graduated in 2009.

I left to go to the school system in 2011 and have been a Teachers Assistant in Kindergarten and Fifth grade, but have worked in all grades. I am excited to be back at Partners In Learning. This is my home and everyone is like family, so it wasn’t a hard decision to make. The past 13 years my passion has been to work with children; whether it’s childcare, dance or school system and it will continue to be my passion until the end.




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