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Parent and Child Classes Prepare Little Learners for Preschool

Posted on January 29, 2019

Johnstown, PA (Jan. 29, 2019) – It’s never too early to start building the foundation your little one needs to succeed in school. The Learning Lamp’s theme-based Parent and Child classes are a great place to start! Each session offers parents and children an opportunity to bond over age-appropriate stories and activities. An excellent perfect introduction to preschool, each Parent and Child each series has its own special theme specifically designed for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds to attend with a parent or caregiver.

“Parent and Child classes are built around new and classic children’s books. Activities include theme-based crafts, songs and time for play. In addition to helping little ones acquire early literacy skills, the program helps children master the social skills needed to thrive in kindergarten and beyond,” said Erica Ponczek, director of child development and early learning at The Learning Lamp. “Establishing a foundation for learning to read and developing important social skills at this age are critical for success in school.”

The spring series of Parent and Child classes will take place from March to May 2019. Classes are held on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center in Room F204. For March, tuition is $55. The months of April and May cost $33 each. Parents can choose from three creative themes:

Farm Fun

Let’s go for a ride on the farmer’s tractor and pick up some farm animal friends along the way as we read Down by the Barn by Will Hillenbrand. We’ll also craft pigs out of clothespins, create hand print chicks, and construct cows out of paper plates. March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 (5 sessions). Tuition is $55 for the month.

Celebrate Spring

The birds are chirping, the snow is melting, and flowers are blooming. We’ll take a journey with Rabbit and celebrate the start of a new season as we read Wake Up, It’s Spring! by Lisa Campbell Ernest. Afterwards, we’ll craft paper plate ladybugs, paint with rubber worms, and more! April 5, 12 & 26 (3 sessions). Tuition is $33 for the month.

Will He Ever Learn To Dance?

What happens when a giraffe with crooked knees and thin legs wants to dance? Find out while we dance along with Gerald the Giraffe and help him learn some moves as we read Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. We’ll make lion masks out of paper plates and construct giraffes from toilet paper rolls. May 3, 10, & 17 (3 sessions). Tuition is $33 for the month.

The Parent and Child curriculum is written and taught by Jenna Leverknight, the preschool teacher for The Learning Lamp’s part-day preschool program in Richland. Parent and Child classes also offer a great opportunity for families to check out the preschool classroom and even observe a class. To register for Parent and Child Classes or observe our part-day preschool, call Erica at 814-262-0732 ext. 222. For more information, visit https://www.thelearninglamp.org/for-families/classes-kids/.

The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. The Learning Lamp served 37,197 children and adults from 52 school districts and 71 private and private schools and other organizations in 19 Pennsylvania counties and communities in Maryland and West Virginia in 2017.

Our programs include: one-to-one tutoring; before/after school programs; portable classrooms aimed at building math and science skills; alternative education programs for at-risk students; evidence-based prevention programs; online learning and credit recovery; SAT preparation; educationally-focused child care; literacy-based preschool programs; and grant writing and project consulting for schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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