Playground Outside Moonbeam

Moonbeam Room

AGES: Preschool ages 2–3

The Moonbeam room has 13-16 children with two full-time teachers and one full time assistant teacher. As in all classrooms, there is an emphasis on children learning through play, choosing from an array of planned experiences, and self-selection of activities that are always available (e.g., blocks, art, books and puzzles).

Children in the Moonbeam room are moving away from the toddler years and entering a period of development in which they are learning to apply their newly developing skills in managing their emotions and behavior, communicating effectively, self-help skills, and thinking and problem solving in a more complex social setting that is warm and welcoming. As the year progresses, there are more indication on long-term projects and ways to represent their work through art and literacy activities. Number skills are moving beyond rote counting to understanding what numbers represent, and science experiences emphasize the prompt to ask questions, make observations, and predict outcomes.

Objectives in the Moonbeam Room are to:

  • Support Children in using their maturing social skills so that they can play interactively with peers.
  • Facilitate children’s development through experiences that involve discovery, experimentation and problem-solving, in both the social and physical world.
  • Increase children’s knowledge and understanding of the world outside themselves, including taking others’ perspectives, as well as expanding their concepts about the community in which they live.
  • Follow the approach of inclusion and that each child is unique to their own individual learning experience and needs.
  • Implement strategies from the Kindness Curriculum that support our children’s individual needs.

Moonbean Teachers

Sylvia Davidson

Position title: Teacher

My name is Sylvia Davidson I am a Teacher at WECP currently in the Moonbeam classroom. I graduated from UW Madison with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in Special Education in 1989 from the Child and Family Studies Department. I have 22 years of teaching experience in Early Childhood Education. I have been a teacher at WECP for the past 12 years. I have experience in working in all the classrooms at WECP as I was a float teacher for many years.

I have been married to my husband, Andrew, for 22 years and have a 14-year-old daughter at home who is working on getting her Black Belt in karate and preparing for high school. In my spare time I enjoy reading,

Nancy Saevang-Lee

Position title: Teacher

Hi, my name is Nancy Saevang-Lee. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s in human development and family studies. This is my third year working as a lead teacher in the Moonbeam room with Sylvia. I have had experience working in all of the classrooms at WECP as a student teacher during my undergrad. However, this will be my fourth year as a lead teacher at WECP. Aside from my life here at WECP, I have a three-year-old named Kendall who brightens up my days. During my leisure time, I enjoy cooking, blogging and spending time outdoors with my family. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s growth and development. I look forward to creating new memories with my Moonbeam family.

Amy Vils

Position title: Teacher

My name is Amy Vils and I am very excited to be joining the Waisman Early Childhood program as a teacher. I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in early childhood education. I have worked in early childhood education for the past 13 years in the Sauk Prairie area as a 4K teaching assistant, lead teacher and program director. My husband, Tom, and I have three grown children and two very rambunctious German shorthaired pointers! We enjoy living on the beautiful Wisconsin River and taking advantage of the many adventures it has to offer!