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School Readiness class options to meet parent requests

The School Readiness Parent Advisory Council meets to work with the School Readiness (SR) program staff on recommendations for the program. Parents requested more hours of class time per week for SR students, seeking class hours that will help their child be ready for school days when they enter kindergarten.

The 2014-15 SR classes are all longer than the choices offered this school year.

Parents also wanted convenient dropoff and pickup times. The SR schedule is set up to work with the elementary school start times and pickup times. Check out the options to see what will work best for your family and your 4- or 5-year-old child.

Section 1 meets from 8:30-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for a total of 7.5 hours of school per week.

Sections 2 and 4 meet from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays for a total of 6 hours of school per week.

These sections are integrated classes with a limited number of students from the Early Childhood Special Education program enrolled in both sections.

Section 3 meets from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays for a total of 6.5 hours of school per week.

SR uses the Big Day for Pre-K curriculum and assessments. The early childhood licensed teachers have been trained to meet the age appropriate learning needs of the preschool children in SR.

Students are learning oral and written language skills and literacy concepts like letter recognition and print awareness; number skills and shape recognition (geometry).

Many students benefit from time to learn school behavior skills like listening, waiting their turn, lining up, sharing supplies and following directions.

The Big Day for Pre-K curriculum has online reading and fun activities that families can access at home for family learning time.

Parents are invited to be a classroom volunteer and attend school periodically with their child. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year. The SR assessments are coordinated with the kindergarten entry records on file at school.

SR is open to all Pequot Lakes School District students one year before entering kindergarten. To enroll a child, call 218-562-7520. Parents are asked to pay an enrollment fee to hold their place in a class. No student will be denied participation based on an inability to pay.

Many families are eligible to apply for Parent Aware scholarship funding. Scholarship application forms are available in the Early Childhood Family Education/SR office on the east end of Eagle View Elementary School.

The value of early learning has been shown to help students with their kindergarten to third grade school success. Early learning that increases vocabulary promotes later reading and literacy skills.

Early education programs use a “learn through play” approach that makes the process fun.

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