You’ll typically see Ms. Elliott holding one of her kindergartener’s prized stuffies as students line up for the school day. Abby Elliott is no stranger to Rock Solid; as a Rock Solid high school graduate, Abby attended Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ and studied counseling.
She hopes to get her master’s degree in counseling down the road. Abby began working at Rock Solid as an elementary aide, and then as a co-kindergarten teacher with her mom, Rhonda Elliott. This year, Abby has ten adorable kindergarteners in her classroom.
Rooted in the University Model, Rock Solid sets a strong, Christ-centered foundation for our kindergarteners. This model allows direct instruction in literacy, math, science, and social studies during on-campus days. Children practice and apply concepts they’ve learned in class with their parents on at home days.
“The University Model is especially sweet in kindergarten,” Abby shares. “It gives kindergarten students a chance to soak up new information, grow in independence, master classroom behaviors, and build sweet friendships. But it also creates so much space for the sweetness of family time! The early years go by so fast. I believe the at-home days can help slow time down.”
During on-campus days, Kindergarteners partner with other grades for science, art and history. They attend Chapel with other students, and learn foundational reading, writing and math concepts. One of Abby’s favorite moments is watching the “aha” moments.
“Most kindergarteners come in not knowing all their letter sounds,” she notes. “The moment they realize ‘I can read this word!’ or ‘I know how to write this word!' is so special!’”
We're grateful to have Abby Elliott as our kindergarten teacher, and thankful for the University Model, that provides so many benefits for our sweet kindergarteners.