Group 3 Class

Our Preschool provides whole group activities, small group activities, and individual activities for the children. Various art media are presented daily and are used by the children to create their own product. The classroom is divided into learning areas which include the art center, science or discovery center, block center, manipulative or fine motor center, library corner, quiet corner, sensory table, dramatic play, writing center, listening center, and the music center. Children are encouraged to participate in self-selected activities in these centers, which are pursued either on their own or with teacher guidance and assistance. Each class plays in one of our 3 playgrounds every morning and afternoon for at least 1/2 hour each time. Nature walks and outdoor learning activities are integrated into the curriculum and current themes. Group 3 has Chapel, Motor Skills, Music, and Spanish bi-weekly.

The curriculum for our Group 3 class continues to build on the skills developed from previous years. However, it is noted that this age group has it’s own unique milestones of development. Children are provided with many opportunities to practice their writing and literacy skills, self-help skills, fine and gross motor skills, and socialization skills. Receptive and expressive language is encouraged to further develop in circle time and every-day interactions between the students themselves, and between the student and the teacher. Around this age, the child may take interest in some concepts of print skills, such as their own name or the first letter of their name. The child may also begin to recognize other letters in the alphabet and understand that print carries meaning. Often, an enhanced interest in books, reading, and puppetry is seen and the classroom teachers will facilitate these interests. Materials and time are provided for children to explore and learn about the environment, to exercise their natural curiosity, and to experiment with cause and effect relationships, thus promoting cognitive development. Creativity is fostered through all of the classroom centers and language and literacy skills are an embedded part of the curriculum.

The children enjoy a greater variety of experiences and more small motor activities such as cutting with scissors, using smaller manipulatives, lacing activities, and other materials to strengthen small muscle control. Outdoor play and motor skills class further develop large motor skills. Opportunities are provided for the children to demonstrate and practice their newly developed self-help skills. At this age, the children will progress through various stages of play. The children will play alone (solitary,) side by side (parallel,) or with 1 or 2 other children (cooperative). As they near 4 or 5 years of age, some of the children will play in larger groups (socio-dramatic play, organized games, or games with rules).

In our classes, we take a balanced literacy approach. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are integrated throughout all academic and social learning. Children proceed at their own pace and approach the activities at their developmental level. Children are exposed to a print-rich environment and are participants in multiple literacy based interactions, stories, and other activities daily. Listening to their teacher read well-known children's literature, and participating in activities which highlight phonemic awareness are often a favorite activity for children of this age group. Drawing, copying words and letters, and inventive spelling is encouraged in these classes. The children experiment with and enjoy various types of music and art. All activities are responsive to individual differences in ability and interests.

Our Group 3 lead teacher is Jasmin Hernandez and our assistant teacher is Jasmine Granado.

Teaching Staff

  • Jasmin Hernandez

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    Jasmin Hernandez

    Lead Teacher

    Jasmin Hernandez was born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas and moved to San Antonio when she chose to continue her private school education at The University of the Incarnate Word. In 2011, Jasmin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a double Minor in Reading Specialization and Special Education. She then continued her education at UIW and obtained her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2013.

    Jasmin has been in the field of Education for five years, during this time she served as an employee of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and was blessed with the opportunity to reach Pre-K and Kindergarten. After her time there she pursued the world of non-profit and worked seasonally for SAstemic in aiding local districts with the opportunity to provide STEM education experiences to their staff and students. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time as LHWS Lead Teacher Substitute Staff and can’t wait to spread some “teacher sparkle” and love as this year’s Group 3 Lead Teacher.

    In her spare moments, she enjoys the company of her loved ones (especially Morkie Beau), professional development, shopping, traveling, cooking, and volunteering with her church and sorority - Alpha Sigma Alpha on a local and regional level. On the weekends you can also find her at her family owned shop - The Vintage Market!

Assistant Teaching Staff

  • Jasmine Granado

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    Jasmine Granado

    Assistant Teacher

    Jasmine Granado has worked in childcare since 2010. She joined the Laurel Heights family in September of 2016. She currently has a CDA credential in Preschool, and she will be graduating in December of 2018 with her Associates degree in Early Childhood Studies. Jasmine and her husband have two children ages 10 and 7. She and her husband have been happily married for ten years. Jasmine is an enrolled tribal member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Her children are active in the Crow Creek Sioux Tribal community in various activities such as dance. Jasmine and her family attend Native American Pow Wows and they are active in their Native American Community. Her community and traditions are important to her. Jasmine is passionate about her work with the children at LHWS, and she has added a unique perspective on community involvement for us to learn and grow in. In her spare time Jasmine enjoys riding her motorcycle to Gruene, and horseback riding with her husband and children.