The Fantastic First Grade


The main focus in my first grade classroom is on an engaging, hands-on approach to learning, tailored to each child’s individual needs. My goal is to promote critical thinking skills, independence, and mastery-based learning. To align with the expectations of the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, I adhere to the Common Core State Standards and utilize research-based methods.

Program Details

Type of Program


Program Description

This is a full-day school program for students entering the first grade for the 2020-2021 school year, taught by a licensed teacher. The class will have a maximum number of 6 students. Lesson plans and activities will be based on core subjects, state standards, and best practices.

***The program will generally follow the Peninsula School District calendar with some minor adjustments. School will run from September 8th until June 23rd. A commitment for the full school year is being asked of interested families. A deposit will hold your spot and be applied to the last monthly payment.

PRICES: Full Day (Monday - Thursday) & Half Day (Friday) $1,350/Month with $675 deposit to reserve your place, which will be applied to your final payment.

*This is an all-inclusive amount that covers application & registration fees, supplies, curriculum, books, etc.


I will be making every effort to follow the recommendations by the state of Washington and the CDC: hand washing upon entering or re-entering the classroom and before and after eating, frequent cleaning and sanitizing, practicing social distancing with others, and keeping small social circles. Families will be asked to be cautious as well.


Activities include, but are not limited to, the following experiences:
~reading books
~isolating, segmenting, and blending sounds in words
~writing stories
~playing math games
~solving math equations with manipulatives
~experimenting through STEM activities (science, technology, engineering, and math)
~playing outdoors
~learning how to handle feelings & develop values
~studying other cultures
~learning place value during math calendar
~singing songs & dancing
~affecting & observing the natural world for scientific purposes (i.e. planting seeds, helping them grow, & keeping a journal to note the changes)
~learning how to take care of oneself
~problem solving
~creating art projects
~working with a partner & in groups to learn how to collaborate & compromise
All activities will be built around the following subject areas:
~English Language Arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, phonics, & phonemic awareness
~Social Studies
~Character Education
~Physical Education

Taught by Kimberly Szatkowski

Background Check Confirmed

Hi! My name is Kimberly Szatkowski but my students call me Ms. Ski. For the past seven years, I’ve been a kindergarten teacher, a substitute teacher, a teacher’s assistant, and a tutor. I have a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education (0 - 2nd grade) and I have a teaching license in Washington as well.

I love to teach children social-emotional skills, foster a love for learning in them, and support them as they develop into kind, compassionate human beings. I also have a real passion for teaching children how to read. From a very young age, I adored books and took pleasure in reading. I was particularly fond of Dr. Seuss books and poetry. My favorite book was Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. I carried that book around with me everywhere I went!

In addition to my classroom teaching experience, I am also a proud mother of a thoughtful, witty 6-year-old daughter and we’re happy to call Washington our home. We came here for a short visit and fell in love with the gorgeous, lush green mountains and decided to stay. I’ve traveled to many other countries and enjoyed learning about other cultures. But after seeing the world, I decided Washington is the perfect place for us.

Program Location Details

In a parent's home

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