About the Islesboro Preschool
The Islesboro Preschool (IPS) recognizes each child as an individual with their own set of life experiences. Each child will be encouraged to explore, observe, experiment, and discover through direct, concrete interaction with the environment. Children are given activities to challenge and to increase their developmental skills. Children are accepted for where they are in all stages of development and encouraged to develop at their own rate. Character development is fostered in all areas to build caring, honest, respectful, and responsible individuals.
The preschool will provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole. Using the Maine Early Childhood Guidelines and Infant/Toddler Guidelines, our program structures activities to meet those goals. Programs such as Creative Curriculum and Handwriting Without Tears provide structure and assessments to guide and monitor children along their developmental continuum. The day includes a variety of activities which includes sharing and conversation time, stories, songs, finger plays; creative arts and crafts; games and large muscle play with outside play; nature, science, and math activities; field trips on island; and exposure to readiness skills for Kindergarten.
Our Daily Routine
Our morning begins with a variety of different tabletop “centers” for children to choose from as our classmates arrive and settle into the morning routine. We officially begin our day with a group circle where we go over routines, share stories and talk about the day ahead. After circle time we break into our morning of “academics” – play-based learning that is developmentally appropriate, and tailored to each child in our small program. We have lunch around 12:30 and settle into nap and quiet time around 1:15. Our afternoon is often devoted to large motor skill development with outdoor play and activities that get our bodies moving.
It is a wonderful community of families and educators. My children learned everyday and had fun doing it.
Lexy Martinez joins us as an IPS parent as well as director. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Maine – Orono, she went on to earn a master’s in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She then moved to Baltimore to start her OT career and, shortly after that, a family. Over the years, she has worked with children in a variety of settings supporting them to do the activities they want and need to do (eg. eat, play, self-care) more independently. She has had lots of practice doing just this with her own three little ones! Lexy is delighted to be back on the island and is looking forward to working with the IPS community to meet its needs.
Pre-K Assistant Teacher
Morgan joined us in the summer of 2021 after spending several years as an Ed Tech in the Sanford, ME school system. She is passionate about helping children and supporting the educational process and is excited to expand her skills working with younger children.
Lead Infant & Toddler Teacher, Assistant Director
A former IPS parent, Jennifer Bailey joined the IPS staff in March of 2018. Jennifer graduated from University of Southern Maine in 2009 with a degree in Communication. After being a stay at home mom for five years Jennifer decided to pursue a career in early childhood with a focus on infant toddler developement.
Ginny Drew is our Pre-K assistant teacher. Ginny loves working with children and watching them grow and discover the world around them. She has worked with children from infancy up to 5th grade, but the infants to preschoolers are her favorite age group to work with. As the floating teacher she finds herself busy at all times. You can find her laughing, singing, playing and smiling every day at school. Ginny looks forward to watching all the children prosper and grow.
Lindsey joined our staff in 2019 and supports our Infant & Toddler classroom. She moved to Islesboro in recent years and is excited to be a part of our community and the Preschool. Prior to joining us, Lindsey worked in banking, and was also a nanny for young children earlier in her career.