It’s that time again for parents in the Logan County School district to have their children screened for preschool. Screenings for the 2016-2017 school year will be conducted April 29 and May 6. If you have a preschool age child and wish to schedule an appointment, please call 270-726-2436.
In Logan County, preschool is on a half-day schedule, Monday through Thursday. The morning session is from 8-11 a.m. and the afternoon session goes from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. In the Logan district, there are only six preschool classrooms – one each at Adairville, Olmstead, Chandlers and Lewisburg; and two at Auburn.
Remember, classes are limited to just 20 students for each session, so not all 3-and 4-year-olds get to attend preschool.
Children can qualify for the preschool program in five different areas – speech/language, cognitive, motor, personal/social and adaptive.
“If there are concerns or developmental delays in any of those areas, we will bring them back in for further evaluation,” said Jane Wilkins, preschool director for the school district.
Preschool just gives kids a good start before going to Kindergarten, said Wilkins. “They learn so much – and not even all of it is academic. They learn so many things like what to expect when going to school and how to stand in line. It’s just a great way for them to start their education,” Wilkins said.
One area of emphasis is getting the preschoolers acquainted with the technology they will be using to learn throughout their educational journey. In addition to teaching the children basic skills, it also helps get parents acquainted with the way the educational system works.
Auburn’s preschool program consists of two classrooms taught by teachers Andrea Coleman and Andrea Scott. Coleman has been teaching for 23 years. She said for her watching the students grow is gratifying and what keeps her teaching.
“I love to see the kids come in at their starting point and then see them grow throughout their time with us. They learn so much. It is wonderful to watch their progress,” said Coleman.
Both Coleman and Scott have classes in the morning and afternoon. They have as many as 20 in the morning and 14 in the afternoon.
Mrs. Scott has taught for eight years, and she too enjoys seeing the students grow.
“Some kids we have for three years. It’s amazing the changes that they go through,” said Scott.
Both teachers are helped during the day by their instructional assistants. Mrs. Coleman has Diana Thomas and Mrs. Scott Erika Watkins.
If a child is admitted to preschool as a 3-year-old, no screening process is necessary to continue in the program as a 4-year-old. Most children who are screened wind up being qualified, but a handful do not. For those that don’t qualify for preschool this year, an informational packet will be given to their parents that explains the skills the children will need to learn before starting kindergarten.
As part of the screening process, children will receive an eye exam.
“The Franklin Lions Club have the camera and they assist the Russellville Lions Club members with our vision screenings,” said Wilkins. “Both the Franklin Lions and Russellville Lions are so kind to do this for us free of charge.”
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.