Cynthia Helwink has taught Pre-Kindergarten at St. Maria Goretti School for twenty-two years. Her previous assignments included a number of years in First Grade and in Kindergarten. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Early Childhood Education. Cynthia often attends workshops and takes courses to keep updated on contemporary teaching techniques and strategies.
Mrs. Helwink’s goal is to provide the kind of environment and varied experiences that will allow each child to be successful. To develop an interest and joy in learning are key components in her classroom. Literature is used as a springboard for many activities. Creativity is highly encouraged. She is inspired by the smiles on children’s faces when they realize that their hard work has paid off and that they have really learned something.
Summer is a time to organize and develop new units of study. Starting off the year, students will become accustomed to the school environment and the daily routine of classroom study. The first unit is entitled “All About My World.” It will coincide with a “manners” unit that will be reinforced with daily discussions of proper behaviors. As the year progresses, voting and the elections will be discussed. This will be a precursor to an American symbols unit in which the children will become acquainted with a dozen or so of these great icons. During Catholic Schools Week, the students will learn about life in China as the entire school takes part in a multicultural theme. In the spring, a Farm unit is on our agenda. Perhaps these young students will also learn some sign language and begin to consider how emotions affect our daily lives.
Mrs. Helwink looks forward to beginning the new school year, getting re-acquainted with her former students, and welcoming new members to the St. Maria Goretti family.