Kindergarten at Monica Ros


Team Teaching

In Kindergarten, Monica Ros School uses a team-teaching approach providing small group settings which allow for personal attention to individual needs. Teaching partners Mrs. Alice Fiore and Mrs. Lauren Nelson lead the school’s kindergarten class through focused, engaging lessons. Mrs. Fiore has been teaching Kindergarten here at Monica Ros School for 30 years; some of the year’s core lessons were developed by Mrs. Fiore over the years. Mrs. Nelson has six years of teaching experience and a Masters degree in Intercultural Studies with a focus on children-at-risk. 

Thematic Units and Curriculum

Our kindergarten program builds a strong foundation in language arts and mathematics through meaningful and exciting activities based on rotating thematic units. Kindergarten begins under the sea, studying oceans and all of the creatures that live therein. Kindergarten students also study penguins, the rain forest, and embryology through raising their own baby chicks and creating a scientific journal documenting the development of the egg into a chick ready to hatch. They also explore the meaning of 100, the mysteries of the butterfly, and perform in the Kindergarten Opera. All of these special themes are used for the integration of the core areas of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and the fine arts. 

Kindergarten is when our students begin their formal language arts and mathematics programs: Superkids Reading Program and Everyday Mathematics. Our team teachers break the class into two groups for these subjects, and the smaller focus groups are able to attend to their lessons with high levels of personal attention and instruction. 

Kindergartners also enjoy special music, Spanish, library, and physical education classes each week, and they have numerous class performances in addition the culminating opera performance at the end of the year. They also love getting to know the older students through our Buddy Reading friendships and participating in cross-grade Arts Month and Theme Week activities.

Mrs. Fiore
and Mrs. Nelson! 

  • Mrs. Fiore: Alice Fiore has been a part of Monica Ros for 30 years! As a kindergarten teacher she has inspired and guided generations of Ojai’s children with her exciting, thoughtful lessons and ever-evolving approach to creating the best learning environment possible. 
  • Mrs. Nelson: Lauren Nelson has taught in both public and private schools, grades TK through 4th Grade. She is passionate about early childhood development and loves cultivating kindergarten student’s love for learning. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies, Children-At-Risk.