Claremore Daily Progress

February 7, 2014

Stepping Stones Learning Center welcomes Antle as new director

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Stepping Stones Learning Center staff recently announced the arrival of the school’s newest director, Kelly Antle.

Antle has been a member of First United Methodist Church (FUMC) since 1992, and has served the church in several roles as a Sunday school teacher and Vacation Bible School director.

She has taught in public schools for more than 20 years as a lower elementary school teacher and has served as a parent educator for the Claremore area early childhood program Parents as Teachers.

“It is my goal to continue providing a safe, fun, loving and nurturing environment for Stepping Stones children,” said Antle. “We will be exploring ideas to enhance our curriculum with developmentally appropriate activities while aligning with public school standards. I want our center to be a place where each child is allowed to grow into who God intends them to be.”

She said with parents help, the staff will nurture children’s growth — physically, socially emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.

“I look forward to working alongside parents and our staff. Every moment counts in the life of a child,” said Antle.

As an outreach ministry of FUMC, Stepping Stones offers classes divided by age groups from 1-year-olds through preschoolers.

Each class includes a weekly unit that provides an enriched learning experience for children.

Classes focus on preschool skills and activities such as alphabet exercises, counting, colors, shapes, seasons, safety and more.

Children attend chapel twice a month with pastors in the church sanctuary. Chapel focuses on monthly bible verses and “Fruit of the Spirit” teachings. Monthly Christian character traits and Bible memory verses are also implemented into the yearly curriculum, said Antle.

In addition to classroom curriculum, 3-year-olds and Pre-K students have computer lab sessions where they learn about computer use through group activities. Literacy Lab is offered every second semester to students who are ready for advanced reading lessons.

Antle said students also have the opportunity to enroll in electives, including the STAR music and language enrichment program, taught every Monday by Speech Pathologist Jeannie Gilbreath and Music Therapist Mindy Smith.

The program engages students in a variety of activities to facilitate language and communication skills while increasing interaction among peers.

Tae Kwon Do classes are also offered every other Tuesday for three-year-olds and preschool-aged students. Through lessons taught by Master Beavens, students learn self control, self awareness and individual focus.

Antle said administrators and staff are considering a Spanish class to be offered next school year, focusing on language and cultural activities.

Administrators and staff will conduct open enrollment for the public from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Feb. 17 at Stepping Stones Learning Center, located on the west side of First United Methodist Church, 1615 North Highway 88. During enrollment, parents will be asked to provide the child’s birthdate along with a $40 enrollment fee.

For more information, call Stepping Stones Learning Center at (918) 341-4594.