Pre-schoolers in the Fulton school district are preparing to make the transition to kindergarten as successful as possible thanks to the United Way’s Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program.
Administered by the individual schools, the Success By 6 Pre-K Summer Program is in each of the 9 school districts in Oswego County and has total of 15 classrooms.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The Summer Program features a well rounded curriculum which includes special guest readers, a sun safety program taught by the Oswego County Cooperative Extension, and basic social skills such as how to sit and pay attention and how to properly conduct yourself in a school environment.
Jessica Vosseller, a substitute teacher in the Fulton School District, is experiencing her first year with the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “This program truly benefits the children as it provides them with the extra boost they need before entering kindergarten.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â They have the advantage of already being in a classroom setting and have been exposed to colors, letters, numbers, shapes, and books as well as exercises that help develop their listening, self-help and socialization skills,” explained Vosseller.
According to Program Coordinator, Bonnie Holmes, the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program has been well received by both the children and the teachers.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “The school districts and the teachers recognize that it is an excellent learning program.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It is designed to properly prepare children with the tools and skills they need to succeed when they begin kindergarten and implemented in a way that is educational and fun for the children,” she said.
Holmes said that while the goal is the same, each district achieves it a little differently.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â At Fairgrieve elementary, Ms. Vosseller’s class is involved in a number of learning experiences and special projects.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “In addition to learning their colors, letters and numbers the children have enjoyed sharing other experiences such as a special project where they made greeting cards for area residents, attending a presentation on the importance of sun safety, and an ice cream party on the last day of the program with their parents.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â My goal is to have each child leave prepared to begin kindergarten in the fall,” added Vosseller.
Supported by the United Way, the Success By 6 program strives to increase the effectiveness of the community to meet the needs of children up to age six and their families.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â By sharing information and exploring new collaborations for service delivery, Success By 6 seeks to mobilize resources to ensure all children are physically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally able to learn when entering school.