It’s important to give your child the best education possible, and the earlier the better, as they are like sponges soaking up everything around them. The Logan County School District knows this and is in their 22st year of offering early education to the community through a thriving preschool program that is offered in all five schools.
The system is holding a “Transition to Preschool” parent meeting on March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Logan County High School library. This meeting is for all parents who are interested in their child attending preschool in the Logan County School District for the 2013-14 school year. Parents will gather information regarding the Preschool Program and also be given an appointment time for the Preschool screening date which will be held March 22. Child care will be provided.
“Preschool is extremely beneficial, it gives children a wonderful start and gets them ready for kindergarten,” said Jane Wilkins preschool director for the district. “Kindergarten teachers say they can see the children that have been in preschool. It gives them structure.”
The preschool program teaches children basic skills and helps them to learn simple tasks, as well as learn to be in a social setting with other children. Parents are also helped by the program by allowing them to get a feel of how the school system works.
Olmstead Preschool teacher Janese Campbell, who is in her 19th year as a teacher, believes starting your child’s learning at the preschool age level can give them a boost. It can help them transition into kindergarten much easier.
Campbell, who is a graduate of Olmstead herself, says teaching at her alma mater is very special. She loves all the children in her many classes over the years and calls them her own kids.
Ms. Campbell teachers many skills in her classroom, language being number one. “We work through a program called Building Language for Literacy,” said Campbell, adding that the program includes many facets which can teach many hands on skills to the students. From learning the alphabet and vocabulary to learning important social skills and getting along with others, these are all part of the program.
Campbell said she also likes parents to be hands-on with their children. She says she has open communication with parents and understands how difficult it can be dropping their small ones off at school.
“I want to share these learning experiences with parents and show them how their children are learning,” said Campbell.
Children can start preschool as young a three years old. Classes are limited to 20 per class for each session. There is a morning session that runs from 8-11 a.m. and an afternoon session from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are interested in sending your child to the Logan County Preschool program or have any questions, please contact 726-2436.