Friday, April 21, 2017

HHS Students Are Offering A Part-time Preschool

FTM file. 
The time between Spring Break and the end of the school year can often feel like a “sprint to the finish.”

For many parents, they are counting down the minutes until they have three uninterrupted months during which time they must occupy and enrich the lives of their school-aged children. Often they do this while balancing continued care for their non-school aged and/or part-time preschool-aged children and the millions of other activities, end-of-year events, and other daily items that arise as summer approaches.  If you happen to be one of these harried persons, the Highlands High School Family and Consumer Science Department students may be able to help.

As they have done for several years in a row now, HHS students are offering a part-time preschool for children ages 3-5.
Two classes for $12. Ask about this special at the front desk and tell them Fort Thomas Matters sent you. This is an advertisement. 

The goal of this program is two-fold: 1) create an enriching and safe environment under which preschoolers can learn and develop, and 2) create a supervised learning opportunity for high school students who want to focus on early childhood education as a possible vocation.  This well-controlled and well-organized program does exactly that.

For three weeks beginning on April 26 and running through May 12, children can go to Highlands High School for one of two different Monday, Wednesday, Friday sessions (either 9:05 to 10:55 or 1:05-2:40).  The cost for the program is $20 per child.  During this time, children will engage with high school students (under the supervision of the Family and Consumer Science Department teachers) and do crafts, develop motor skills, learn, create, and otherwise be developed.

On a personal note, I have been sending my children to this program for four years and will be sending my youngest two again this year.  They are well cared-for, happy, and excited to be a part of this program each year and I am excited to have an extra hour or so to accomplish tasks from my to-do lists while knowing that my children are in great hands.

To reserve a place in this three-week preschool, call and leave a message on the department’s voicemail system at 859-815-2664 or email Ahren Wagner at ahren.wagner@fortthomas.kyschools.us.  There will be a form to complete to enroll one’s child and the high school will also need to know the child’s name, age, gender, and shirt size.

If you’re looking for a way to gauge your child’s readiness for preschool, to find time to yourself to help with the “sprint to the finish” of the end of the school year, or you want more outlets to develop your child’s budding creativity and love of school, this program is right for you.  Not to mention, by allowing your child to participate, you also help to create future generations of engaged, knowledgeable, and passionate young persons to teach future generations of children.

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