Cloud Room

The Cloud Room | Older Toddlers 24 months by September 1

Cloud Room

AGES: Older Toddlers 24 months by September 1

The Cloud Room is home to 12 toddlers, two teachers and a classroom assistant. The goals for the Cloud children include:

  • Feeling comfortable and safe
  • Actively exploring the environment
  • Becoming familiar with classroom routines
  • Developing relationships with new adults and children
  • Gaining confidence in asking for help and in seeking and accepting comfort
  • Achieving a sense of belonging in a group

To work towards these goals, teachers set the stage for learning and discovery by creating a warm and accepting environment, and by providing materials and activities that encourage each child’s growing curiosity and independence. Teachers also facilitate and guide the learning process by observing and incorporating both the interests and needs of the individual children, as well as those of the group. Families are an integral part of the Cloud room, and the Cloud teachers exchange information daily with parents and strive to make the transition between home and WECP as smooth as possible. Respecting the unique qualities of toddlers is an important component of the Cloud Room, and we support their growing sense of self by offering choices, providing enough materials, listening to and encouraging their emerging communication skills, modeling positive interactions with peers, and applauding their increasing independence and feeling of competence. Days in the Cloud Room are predictable and typically include free play, short circle times, outdoor and gym times, art and sensory experiences (water table, play dough), music, books and puzzles, blocks, and imaginary play.  There is an emphasis on exploring nature and the wonders of the seasons.

Cloud Teachers

Ellorie Lacey

Position title: Assistant Teacher

Hello!! My name is Ellorie and I have been part of WECP since January 2022, starting as a student employee. In August, I was offered a position as an Assistant Teacher and have been loving this role in the WECP community. I am a Madisonian and have grown up going to school in the area. I graduated from UW-Madison in May 2022 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, so children and their development is a passion of mine. I look forward to growing in this supportive community and helping children receive support to grow in educational settings.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my two cats Apollo and Bean, usually cleaning up after their messes. I love music, so my house always has constant beats and melodies in the background. I love being outdoors (running, playing tennis, golfing) and being active in my spare time. I recently took on a role in a local Madison magazine (Wrath and Love) as copy editor and chief, so I frequently spend my time proofreading and editing articles and pieces.

Aliece Maedke

Position title: Teacher

Hello, my name is Aliece Maedke, and I grew up in the Stevens Point Wisconsin area.  I received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in biology, before my husband and I moved to Madison around 7 years ago. Since moving, we have welcomed a large chocolate lab, Thor, and our now 4.5-year-old daughter, Juniper, to our family. As a family we love to spend our time exploring the great outdoors and enjoying all the beautiful wonders it has to offer. In the summer we look forward to camping adventures in the gorgeous state parks in Wisconsin and the surrounding states. I love utilizing my passions for our natural environment and working with children, and my background in science and early childhood education, to inspire children’s sense of wonder about our natural world. I can’t wait to meet everyone and to be a part of the Waisman Early Childhood Program team!