Welcome to our classroom!
Angie and Julie are the teachers in the Dragonfly room, a classroom of sixteen three, four, and five year olds. With the help of SAU student employees, Bailie Rasmussen,Marilyn Fox, Hayley Sanchez and Maggie Buss, we strive to make your child's experience in the room an experience where they can learn, thrive, build relationships, feel comfortable and respected through out their time with us. Feel free to stop in at any time with any questions!
The Restaurant Project
The Dragonflies have been learning about restaurants. The project started when friends shared where they had eaten with their families and what types of foods they ordered at their restaurants. As role play began, children began to share what they knew about the jobs that are done at a restaurant. One child put on an apron and said, "I am the chef. The chef cooks, but the chef doesn't wash the dishes." This comment opened up a discussion among the chidlren about what the job title of the dishwasher was. Another child commented that the person who washes the dishes is not the same person who takes the dishes from the table. Later a child said to all of the children near her, "Okay. The chef cooks the food, but the waitress writes down the order. The waitress gives the order to the chef and the chef cooks it. Then the waitress brings the food out and gives it to the people." At this point a classmate stopped her and said, "How does the waitress remember what food the people are supposed to get?" The first child responded by saying, "Maybe there is a number on the table."As we continued to role play and share base knowledge about restaurants, the childrencreated a web of what they know about restaurants. From the web of knowledge and investigation of some artifacts loaned to us by J&D Steakhouse in Clinton, the children began to ask questions.
The questions were:
1. Why are there menus for the same restaurant that are different?
2. Does the waitress make the food?
3. Why does the chef wear the tall white hat?
4. Is a chef and a cook the same?
5. Why does a chef put wine on food?
6. Do waitresses eat there, too?
7. Do they flip food?
8. What is the worker who gives the money called?
9. Is the long pincher thing used to pick up hamburger patties?
10.Do they bake bread at a restaurant?
11.Why do some chefs have floppy hats and some have tall, straight hats?
12.Why are some cooking spoons metal and some wood?
13.What are the wire baskets for?
14.Does the chef eat at their restaurant?
We were excited to find out that Chef Mike Guererro, the executive chef at St. Ambrose University, would come to our classroom to answer our questions about restaurants. When he got here, he gave each child a tall, white, chefs hat and explained that the reason the chef wears the tall, white hat is because that shows customers who the chef is, and that the hat signifies the person who is in charge of the kitchen. He told the children that only the head chef is allowed to wear the tall hat, while the line cooks and sous chefs wear a black hat or a black and white checked hat. In some restaurants, the assistant chefs wear the floppy hat but the head chef never wears the floppy hat. The same is true of the pants worn in that the head chef wears black pants, while the assistant chefs wear black checked pants. Chef Mike shared with the children that a cook does the cooking, while a chef is in charge of the entire kitchen including the menu, the production of the ingredients, and the presentation of the meal. Chef Mike told the children that often the chef and the waitresses eat in their restaurant because they have only a short time during the day to eat so it is easier and faster to eat there. There are different menus because restaurants serve different meals at different times of the day. Chef Mike shared that bread is baked in most restaurants by the pastery chef, and that there are certain types of foods that do not mix well with a metal spoon and therefor they can use a wooden spoon for those mixtures. He also shared that a skillet has a rounded edge for the purpose of easily flipping food with the spatula.
After the children listened to Chef Mike, they began to represent some of the tools used in the kitchen as well as chefs and chef hats. The children also began discussing how they would like to culminate the restaurant project. Children decided that the best way to culminate the project would be to have a restaurant in the classroom for parents to come to and eat. The children created committees including the decoration committee, the reservation committee, and the cooking committee. The children worked in their committees to create the menu, the sign for the "Dragonfly Diner" and flowers for the tables. Other children helped make the invitation on the computer by typing in the words that they wanted on the invitation.
Angie Herrington, Lead Teacher
My name is Angie Herrington and I have been the Lead Teacher in the Dragonfly Room since July 10, 2000. I am married to my husband Bill, and have two chidlren, Amanda who is fourteen and A.J. who is ten. Both children keep me busy with their activities. I also have a dog, a beagle named Henry who keeps me company.
I am passionate about Early Childhood Education and believe that children who have a solid early childhood experience become great thinkers, great readers and great leaders. In addition to teaching in the Dragonfly room, I frequently train Early Childhood professionals looking to recieve their CDA certificate as well as those who are part of the Quality Through Accreditation project which is a project committed to raising the quality of Early Childhood centers.
I look forward to building strong relationships with children and their families as we learn together each day in the Dragonfly room.
Julie Morrison, Assistant Teacher
My name is Julie Morrison and I am the newest addition to the dragonfly room. I started my Assistant Preschool Teacher position on September 8, and have been enjoying meeting the preschoolers and their parents!
My family has been living in Davenport for 10 years. We are a musical family. My husband Alan is a guitar player and the owner of AM Guitar Repair. He is also in the band Identity Crisis. My son Nick is a drummer and a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa, hoping to transfer to Wartburg to pursue a degree in Music Therapy. My daughter is a singer and is learning guitar and piano. She is a sophomore at Central High School. I don’t play a musical instrument but I provide harmony when the rest of the family starts singing!
I graduated with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Northern Iowa in 1984. I have been working with children in some way ever since.
Before taking the job here at SAU, I worked at Hoover Elementary in the Bettendorf School System for five years. I was a Para Educator in the PMD room, where I worked with special needs children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Before working in the school system, I was the Director/Teacher at Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool for five years.
I am very excited to get to know all of you better! Please feel free to talk to me at any time!
Art, Bikes/Tractor, Blocks, Books, Flannel stories, Science, Manipulatives, Sensory Table, and Family Living
Angie Herrington , 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Julie Morrison, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday7:30 a.m. Dragonfly room opens
Gross Motor, Puppets, Stories/Finger Plays, Songs/Music, and Science/Math
Sensory Activities, Manipulatives, Stories,
Fine Motor Games, Art Materials
3:00–3:45 Outdoor/Indoor Gross Motor
3:45-4:00 Optional Group Time
4:00-5:30 Learning Centers