A message from the Director of Early Childhood:
Greetings Meridian Families,
My name is Shedon Williamson and I am deeply grateful and honored to serve as the Director of Early Childhood for the 2018-2019 school year. I am excited to engage with the families and community members that work together to support the continued academic achievement and social-emotional growth of Meridian Scholars.
I come to Meridian with 9 years of professional teaching experience. During my tenure I have executed my passion for teaching and learning in both DC and Prince George's County, Maryland. I have taught Pre-K 4, Kindergarten, Third Grade and most recently served as an Math Instructional Coach for grades K-5.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, I hold a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Howard University, a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University and a Leadership Certification from Loyola University of Maryland.
Through my leadership, my goal is to ensure college and career readiness for every student. As a Meridian Scholar your student will be instructed as a critical thinker that is prepared to compete in a global community. I believe through teamwork, authentic learning experiences and targeted instruction this can be achieved.
I look forward to partnering with both current and prospective families as we continue to move our scholars to higher heights and make Meridian the Premier Early Childhood Program for DC residents.
Director of Early Childhood
Children are playful by nature. Their earliest experiences exploring with their senses lead them to play, first by themselves and eventually with others. Our Pre-Kindergarten program, Splash Into Pre-K, promotes this fun of learning through activities that teach children about the world around them.
Children change a lot throughout their Pre-K year. To address these changing needs, Splash Into Pre-K is adaptable and engaging, particularly good for children with special mobility or cognitive challenges. Our child-centered curriculum includes hands-on playtime and shared activities, with plenty of opportunities for exploration and fun.
Our Pre-K students are provided opportunities to think critically and challenge themselves while building a strong appreciation for the arts, leadership, social interaction, and physical well-being. Their daily learning centers include activities around science, creativity, role-play, literacy, math concepts, and motor development.
Some examples of Pre-K lessons and activities:
During math center, children are learning shapes using clay by making squares, circles and triangles.
In dramatic play, children are retelling the story “The Three Little Pigs” using costumes and props.
During play activities, children learn to share classroom materials and use their words to express themselves with their peers.
Elementary students are curious about their community and their world. At the elementary school, we nurture that curiosity through development of core competencies and engaging, hands-on activities. Our students often work to solve problems and create together.
The focus for students in K–6th grade is to develop their independence and take responsibility for their own learning through engaging student-led conversations. Conducted in every subject area, these conversations give them time to explain their thinking and show them how to provide feedback to each other.
In all classes, our curriculum emphasizes applications to real-world situations. For example, in math, numbers and mathematical concepts are linked to situations and contexts that are relevant to everyday lives.
In ELA courses, students read books and articles during class focusing on reading for meaning and making connections beyond a simple summary. They discuss specific passages in small groups to uncover deeper understanding. The process ensures that all students participate and get support from each other to gain comprehension without feeling singled out.
Our students have lessons in English language arts, math, social studies, and science each day, and our curriculum weaves the core literacy skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and presenting across all disciplines.
Examples of classroom projects and events include:
Literature roleplay in English Language Arts
Students performing scientific experiments in pairs/small groups
Field trips to historic sites in DC to get hands-on experiences with history
Learning about fractions through making slime
Using the scientific method to investigate how seeds students plant germinate and grow
Gallery walks to determine the answers to math problems
Students create their own rhythms and compositions in music class
Students attend a city-wide health expo and create a project based on information they gather from presenters
Read more about our Specials and Electives.