In our efforts to teach and to provide the Best for our children, we realize that people and the world are not always perfect. But if we try to keep in mind the following “IF’s” in bringing up and teaching our children, perhaps we can strive to make them better person in a not so perfect world If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn… Professional Learning and Support Team Principal: Naomi Matsuzaki Vice-Principal: Derek Minakami Special Education/Care Teacher: Amelia Lee If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight… Educational Assistant: Maureen Koki If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilty… Part Time Paraprofessional: Valdez, Eddie Kalima If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to feel patient… Student Services Coordinator: Amy Casey If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to confident… School Health Aide: If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative… If a child lives with acceptance, she learns to love… If a child lives with approval, she learns to like herself… If a child lives with recognition, he learns it is good to have a goal… If a child lives with honesty, she learns what truth is… If a child lives with fairness, she learns justice. If a child lives with security, she learns to have faith in herself and those about her. If a child lives with friendliness, she learns the world is a nice place in which to live… Kahalu’u Elementary 47-280 Waihe’e Road Kaneohe, Hawaii Speech Therapist: Sarah Maile Au Full Self Contained Fay Hara Occupational Therapist/Assistant: Glenda Acirbo Physical Therapy/Assistant: Cwiak/Christine Wilkinson Sarah District Preschool Resource: Judy Mailheau- 233-5717 Special Education Preschool Program Mrs. Amelia P. Lee, M.Ed.. Special Education Teacher District Autism Consultant: Kali Mrs. Maureen Koki, Carvalho Educational Assistant Program Information Preschool Curriculum Welcome to Kahalu’u Elementary’s Special Education Self-Contained Preschool Program. Your child’s Initial Evaluation provides Eligibility for a special education preschool setting. The rationale for the Special Education Program is to develop Cognitive (academic achievement as in communication, comprehension, language skills, Psychomotor (physical, fine & gross motor skills, perceptual, visual, auditory and daily health functioning skills), and Affective skills (emotional, social, learning style and behavioral skills) to the highest possible level. Structured lessons and IEP goals and objectives will be based on your child’s areas of needs and in developing the total child. The use of the State’s Preschool content Standards is instrumental in assuring that your child will be able to work toward the least restrictive environment and to be provided with what is educationally appropriate for your child. The standard areas consist of Physical Developmental, Health and Safety, Personal and Social Development, Communication, Language & Literacy, Cognitive Development (math, science, social studies, symbolic play), and Creative Development (art, music, movement, dramatic play). With early intervention, functional delays resulting from severe handicaps can be decreased and serious developmental delays due to handicapping conditions can be modified. Instructional strategies and teaching practices are geared at preparing our Special Needs Preschoolers toward independence in school and become self functioning learners in the Least Restrictive Environment. *The beginning steps are the most important to a lifelong journey of learning. Preschool Philosophy and Goals The preschool student should see school as a fun and exciting place to be. It is a place where they can be curious, ask questions, learn and grow in a safe environment. The preschool student will learn appropriate social skills, build friendships with peers and adults and be familiar with basic learning skills. The goal for our classroom is to create a positive environment that focuses on pro-social skills, the use of structured routines, and the use of the Creative Curriculum and prepare them to be ready for their least restrictive environment. Professional Education Success Statement My Professional Educational Success Statement is essentially my teaching belief or philosophy. My basic teaching philosophy is the belief that all children have the ability to learn. It is my hope to develop students abilities to become Responsible, Independent and to be Respectful. It is also my hope to create a love for learning in students to become lifelong learners and contributing members of the community. I hope to accomplish this by providing as many experiences and opportunities for students through the process of observation, predictions, experimenting, creating and having fun at what they are doing.