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The Duckling Room

Classroom Overview

Standing without support, scribbling with crayons, stacking blocks and beginning to communicate their wants, needs and desires are just some of the things that the children in The Duckling Room are working on.

The Duckling Room was designed to provide exceptional care for toddlers, aged ten months to eighteen months. Enrolled families can expect a safe, secure, nurturing, and age-appropriate learning environment. Experienced, well-qualified teachers are staffed at a generous 1:4 ratio. Teachers are dedicated to responding promptly to every child’s feeding, sleeping, diapering and playtime needs.

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Families are provided with daily written reports that accurately summarize the child’s daily activities. In addition to communication at drop off and pick up, families are encouraged to call or visit as desired.

Classroom Schedule

Ducklings begin to understand consistency and what is expected of them by following a daily routine. Teachers provide gentle, caring guidance to encourage ducklings to be good problem-solvers and communicators while learning independence and positive self-esteem.

6:30-8:30 Arrival / Free Play
8:30-9:00 Morning Naps (as needed)
9:00-9:30 Morning Snack
9:30-10:00 Clean-up / Diapers / Naps as needed
10:00-10:45 Art, Music, Story Time (based on child interest)
10:45-11:30 Outdoor play (weather permitting)
11:30-12:00 Lunch
11:45-12:00 Clean-up / Diapers
12:00-2:30 Naptime
2:30-2:45 Afternoon Snack
2:45-3:30 Art, Music, Story time (based on child interest)
3:30-4:00 Bottles (as needed)
4:00-6:00 Departure / Free Play / Outdoor play

Classroom Teachers

Sheila Thompson

Sheila Thompson, co-lead teacher in the Duckling Room, started at Here We Grow in June of 2018.

Sheila received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from UW-Stevens Point.  Shelia previously taught at a child care center in Appleton where she cared for infants, ages 8 to 15 months.  She absolutely loves this age group and all of the new things children learn in such a short span of time.

In her free time, Sheila enjoys camping and hiking with her husband, Mike and their dog, Fiona.  She also enjoys playing board games and grilling out.


Alex Berthelon-Lathrop

Alex Berthelon-Lathrop, co-lead teacher in the Duckling Room, started at Here We Grow in August of 2018.

Alex graduated from UW-Whitewater with her Bachelor of Arts Degree.  She is currently working on her Graduate Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

In her free time, Alex enjoys baking, watching Netflix and spending time with her family and friends.  On Fall weekends you will find her at Camp Randall cheering on the Badgers!



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