Summer Kindergarten Readiness Classes

by Mary on July 17, 2014 Filed under: Family Information

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Do you have a child entering Pottstown School District kindergarten this year? Seven free Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program classes will be offered at the PEAK community early learning partner sites August 11-22, 2014. The classes will focus on skills to help your child be successful in kindergarten.

To be eligible, students must be entering Pottstown School District kindergarten in September and meet income requirements. Family income cannot exceed 300% of the federal poverty level – for a family of four that is an annual income of approximately $71,550.

Spaces are limited – call now to register. The classes will be offered at Montgomery Early Learning Centers, Pottstown YMCA, KinderCare Learning Center, Warwick Child Care Center, YWCA Tri-County Area and Pottstown School District Pre-K Counts. A complete listing of the sites and contact information can be found on the PEAK web site at www.peakonline.org. Contact the sites for dates and times of the classes or the PEAK Coordinator at 610-970-6655

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Making Slime!

by Mary on July 9, 2014 Filed under: Classroom Ideas,Family Information,Science

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Do you need an indoor activity for a hot summer day? This is a fun, though a little messy, activity which will keep the kids busy for awhile and prompt lots of vocabulary. Just tell the kids you are going to make slime and watch their eyes get big! Just the name is a big hit with the younger set!

For easier clean-up, cover your table or work surface with an old tablecloth or papers. The recipe for slime is easy:

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Equal parts of:

White School Glue

Liquid Starch

Liquid Water Colors or Food Coloring

Pour the glue into some type of container for mixing. Then add an equal amount of liquid starch. Mix with hands and enjoy the slimy experience! For color you can add liquid water colors (available at arts and craft stores) or food coloring.

Great sensory fun and opportunities for vocabulary development. Talk about what it feels like, what it looks like, etc.

Here are a couple of photos of the fun. Start with the glue – look for white school glue (not Elmer’s Glue)

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Add equal parts starch and mix

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For added color, use liquid water colors

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Then have some slimey fun!

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Summer Kindergarten Readiness Classes

by Mary on June 9, 2014 Filed under: Family Information

Is your children entering Pottstown School District kindergarten in September? If so, please take a look at this great summer learning opportunity.

Seven free state-funded Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program classes will be offered at the PEAK community early learning partner sites in August. The classes will be two weeks (August 11- 22) and focus on skills to help your child be successful in kindergarten.

To be eligible for the classes, the child must be entering Pottstown School District kindergarten in September and be income eligible. (Family income cannot exceed 300% of the federal poverty level – for a family of four that is an annual income of approximately $71,550).

The classes will be offered at Montgomery Early Learning Centers, Pottstown YMCA, KinderCare Learning Center, Warwick Child Care Center – North Coventry, YWCA Tri-County Area and Pottstown School District Pre-K Counts.

A complete listing of the sites and contact information can be found on the PEAK web site at www.peakonline.org. Contact the sites for dates and times of the classes or the PEAK Coordinator at 610-970-6655.

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Pottstown – Let’s Talk!

by Mary on May 20, 2014 Filed under: Family Information,News

We invite you to tell us what you need to support your child’s success in school.

The Pottstown School District in collaboration with the W. K. Kellogg foundation is hosting discussions to hear what you think. Come join us for adult conversation with food, child care and raffles. Spanish interpreters will be available.

Join us for any one of these discussions:

Tuesday, May 27, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Pottstown Middle School

Wednesday, May 28, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Connections on High

Thursday, May 29, 1-3 pm at the First Baptist Church

Thursday, May 29, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Barth Elementary School

Bring a friend. We need to hear your voice.

Does it truly take a village to raise a child?  We believe the answer is YES!  Let’s work together to support Pottstown’s most precious resource – Our Children and their Future!

For more information, contact Jane Bennett at jbennett@pottstownsd.org or 610-256- 6370.

 

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Childhood Chatter – May Session

by Mary on May 8, 2014 Filed under: Family Information,News

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Are you looking for ways to keep your child busy this summer? Do you want new ideas of how to make reading fun?

Join us for a ”Childhood Chatter” parent discussion about interactive reading, sign language, making non-fiction books fun and great new books for children.

Come out on Wednesday, May 14th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Pottstown Middle School.  Dinner will be provided and child care is available.  This event is for parents of Pre-K through third grade students.  To register or for more information call, 610-970-6655.

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