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Monday, April 15, 2013

Mama on a Budget: HHS Preschool Program

If you follow my series, you know that I jump at any chance to allow someone else the honor of tending to my children.   I mean, who wouldn’t want to be greeted by the words every caretaker wants to hear: “Go away, I don’t like you”.  Or, my personal favorite (shouted at the top of his lungs while running away at top speed): “that’s not my mommy.  This is NOT my mommy!” 

Needless to say, when I hear about opportunities to get Knox interaction with other children and my involvement is not required, I jump at them.  Cue our beloved school system; the Highlands High School Family and Consumer Science department has a 3-week preschool session for local 3, 4, and 5 year-olds.  The full 8 sessions costs only $15 total and includes themed-lessons planned by the HHS students with each lesson consisting of circle time and a learning activity as well as small motor skills, crafts, and large motor skills.

Per Ahren Wagner, HHS teacher, the program has been ongoing for 20+ years and is a great opportunity for the big kids (her high schoolers) and little kids (my son, and other children of wise and weary parents) to interrelate and co-learn.  Also, the little kids love the opportunity to go to the high school and to bond with the big kids.

“This is a wonderful program for both my “big” kids and the “little” kids who attend the program. During the year I focus on age and developmentally appropriate activities for preschool age children, so when the planning and organizing time is here for preschool, they (big kids) have a good idea of what would work well with the students.”

Funnily enough, I actually took this class and led one of the learning sessions for Child Development.  I remember the children coming, so excited to engage in this learning opportunity and to meet other children.  I remember seeing the impact, no matter how small, I was having on the children.  And, in retrospect, I see the incredible practical application of such a program.  As Ms. Wagner says, it is entirely student-run (with teacher supervision) and so the students really gain first-hand and hands-on knowledge of childhood education and enrichment.

But most importantly, this will give me an extra one hour and forty-five minutes, three times per week for three weeks to be completely alone… and by alone, I mean with my daughter Finley.  Womp womp.

For more information or to register, please contact Ahren Wagner (leave a voicemail) at 859-815-2664 or email at  The sessions begin on Wednesday May 1 with two sessions: 9:05-10:50 and 11:40-1:35.  Space is limited so be sure to register as soon as possible.

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