Wendy Diaz-Antonio recently joined Our Lady of Lourdes preschool as the new director. Diaz-Antonio has studied early childhood development at Pierce College and UCLA.
The staff has big plans for the children this fall. The curriculum for these 3-5 year olds consists of three parts. Handwriting without Tears teaches children how to draw lines and curves thereby encouraging them to want to learn how to write or draw without getting discouraged. Zoo Phonics, a language program, teaches reading, writing, and spelling. There is also a literature component. This program teaches children about books including authors and illustrators.
“Children really learn to love and understand books and expand their minds beyond what they already are [being taught],” said Diaz-Antonio.
“Mrs. Wendy,” as the kids call her, is currently running the summer program. Her goal during the summer weeks is to continue working with the kids so they don’t forget what they have already learned. The curriculum is to continue practicing, making sure they are kindergarten-ready for those moving on.
Volunteerism by parents is encouraged at Our Lady of Lourdes school.
“It’s important for the children to see that their parents are involved in their education,” said Diaz-Antonio.
Rose Cottage Preschool is having a parent orientation on Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Diaz-Antonio welcomes anyone interested in visiting the school to join her that evening. The school hours are Monday through Friday from 7a.m. to 6 p.m. with curriculum hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on the Rose Cottage Preschool or Our Lady of Lourdes school, visit www.ourladyoflourdes.us or call (818) 353-1106.