Teacher Introduction

A little about Srta. Urcuqui:
I am from Colombia, South America. I have 19 years of experience as an Educator. I have taught elementary levels from 1st through 4th, and have thoroughly enjoyed each one of them. I joined the Casa team on June 2012 and have loved being part of this great family!

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages and Lower Elementary Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society. I hold a North Carolina Teaching License for Elementary Education K-6. I am currently pursuing my Master degree in Education (Reading) at Meredith College

I am looking forward to a great year with all of my new 3rd and 4th grade students and delighted to have some returning students. We have an exciting year planned and I can’t wait to get started! Bienvenidos!

A little about Sra. Gibbs:
I am from Honduras. I have 40 years of experience as an Educator. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Honduras, and Studies in Anthropology with a major in Archaeology from Mexico.

I joined the Casa team in June 2005 and have loved being part of this great family! I have served as a paraprofessional from Children’s House through Upper Elementary.

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Important Info, Dates, & Links

Email and contact info:

Yaneth Urcuqui – Teacher
Sonia Gibbs – Paraprofessional

  • January 2oth. Holiday observed. No school
  • January 22nd. Tech deployment mtgs. 4:00-6:00

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Developing a positive attitude toward learning
Most learning activities are individualized. Each child engages in learning tasks that appeal to them and they find the activities geared to their needs and level of readiness. Each child works at their own rate, repeating tasks often, if they like, and experiencing achievements! In this way, each child naturally builds a positive attitude toward learning itself.

Developing self confidence
New tasks will be built upon what the child has already mastered. A carefully planned series of successes builds upon inner confidence in children. It assures them that they can learn by themselves. Confidence-building activities contribute to the child’s healthy emotional development.

Building a habit of concentration
Effective learning presupposes the ability to listen carefully and to attend to what is said or demonstrated. Through a series of absorbing experiences, children form habits of extended attention, thus increasing their ability to concentrate.

Fostering an abiding curiosity
A deep, persistent and abiding curiosity is a prerequisite for creative learning. By providing the child with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions and relationships amidst a rich variety of stimulating learning situations, curiosity is developed and an essential element in creative learning has been established.

Developing habits of initiative and persistence
By surrounding children with appealing materials and learning activities geared to their inner needs, they becomes accustomed to engaging in activities on their own. Gradually, this results in a habit of initiative which is an essential quality of leadership. “Ground rules” call for completing a task once begun and gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance for replacing materials after the task is accomplished. This “completion expectation” gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance.

Fostering inner security and sense of order
Through a well ordered, enriched but simplified environment, the child’s need for order and security is intensely satisfied. This is noticed in the calming effect the environment has on the child. Since every item in the Montessori classroom has a place and the “ground rules” call for everything in its place, the child’s inner need for order is directly satisfied.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT: During this third quarter

Our third graders will be reviewing basic fraction concepts and working with equivalent fractions, operations with common denominators fractions within the context of multi-step problem solving. Students will also be introduced to improper fractions and mixed numbers. Third grader will learn the structure of  informative texts and steps to write them. They also will be studying diversity in North Carolina and land forms.
Our fourth graders will be digging deeper into the fractions knowledge and their relationship with daily life. Students will be studying North Carolina history as well as how nutrition is key to maintain a healthy mind and body. As third graders, fourth grade students will also be learning about informative texts and their writing craft.
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