Last modified Feb 8

4 Year Old Kindergarten

  • Early Childhood
This will be my sixth year at Holy Cross as the early childhood teacher. I love the supportive community Holy Cross provides for its' staff, parents, and students. Prior to this position I taught for the Howard-Suamico 4K Collaborative for three years. I graduated from UW-La Crosse in 2002 with a B.S. in School Health Education and a child/youth care emphasis. In 2006 I received my second teaching license in early childhood education through UW-Green Bay. My favorite part of being a teacher is the students' experiencing the "aha," and the "I can do it myself," moments. I live with my husband of 15 years, our two sons, our dog Turtle and our cat Ramsie. My family and I keep busy with house projects, playing outside and popcorn movie nights. I work with my teacher's aide, Ms. Busch, who is also starting her fifth year at Holy Cross. We both are looking forward to a great school year!
Tara Wildenberg

Thank you for visiting my Holy Cross School teacher page. The early childhood program at Holy Cross is for children ages 3-5 years old. The three year old program is offered as a half day option from 7:40-10:40 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for children who are three years old by September 1st. The full day 4K program has two enrollment options for children who turn four years old by September 1st. There is a three full days a week option available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and a five full day a week option.

The Holy Cross early childhood program uses the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards for its educational guidelines (WMELS site link for additional information: ). I have been trained in using the WMELS and The Creative Curriculum and use both as my primary resources when planning educational experiences for your children. In addition to these two educational resources faith formation is integrated throughout the program and the 4K children follow the Allelu! early childhood series weekly and start attending school masses midway through the school year.

I use this web page and weekly classroom newsletters to keep families informed of what the children are learning about in school and to provide resources for families to use at home.  

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our two half day 3 year old preschool program or in one of the full day 4K program options, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.  We are always interested in meeting with new families and welcome any inquiries.  As you can see from the pictures below we have a play based educational program suited to the needs of 3, 4, and 5 year olds.  Stop on by and check us out!   For more information you can click on the link to my parent handbook below and/or the link to the early childhood program information found under the Future Families tab at the top of this page.


Helpful Links: 

Early Childhood/4K Parent Handbook

Classroom Newsletters

Snack Schedules:

Monthly Snack Calendar

Yearly Snack Calendar


Early Childhood Class Photos

Creating the Straw House from the Three Little Pigs Story

Big Bad Wolf Science Experiment

What could we blow away when we huffed and puffed?


We made a letter Q!

Indoor Snowball Tossing with 3rd Grade

Giving our babies a bath.

Painting Our Snowmen at Night Class Pictures

Holiday Tie Dye Color Mixing Painting

Using Uni-fix Cubes to Measure!

Look how many cubes long we are : )

Making Jingle Bell Necklaces


Snow angels in the fresh snow!

Turkey Math in Teams of Two

(We did 1:1 correspondence, counting, sequencing & comparing!)

Fun with New Center Toys

Look what I built for my dinosaurs!

I put this new puzzle together all by myself!

Look what we built with the Magformers by working together as a team!


All Dressed Up for the Halloween Field Trip


Making Ghost Slime for the Letter G and Halloween Science


A few examples of our PlayDoh Halloween monsters!


Our 4K Pumpkin Investigation

We learned that pumpkins float.

One floated right side up and the other floated upside down.


We counted how many lines each pumpkin had

and investigated the inside of the pumpkins.


We weighed the pumpkin seeds from each pumpkin to compare the 2 pumpkins.

The pumpkin with the most lines had the most seeds.


Letter of the Week Show & Share (Letter E Items)

We sorted our letter E items from shortest to tallest.


Great Lakes Apple Crunch


Surprising our 5th grade buddies while they were gone on a field trip!

We made them special cards using these photos : )


Color Mixing with the Primary Colors


4K Learning about Fire Safety from the New Franken Firefighters

Ms. Busch tries out the Firefighter Gear

Inside the Firetruck

Spraying the Fire Hose

 Thank You Firefighters!


Learning about El Alphabeto Espanol from 2nd Grade


Hillside Apple Orchard Field Trip



Writing Letters in Shaving Cream


Sorting a Big Bin of Buttons by Shape


Moving to the Music and Making Butter


Creating Our Groovy Button Letter Bs


Fun at Center Time in the Library Area


Learning How to Paint with Watercolors