Pre-schoolers in the Hannibal school district are preparing to make the transition to kindergarten as successful as possible thanks to the United WayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢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.
Kelly Bosch, who is pursuing her masterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s degree in literacy at the University of Albany, is experiencing her first year as a teacher the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â She is enjoying working with the children and the high school students who assist her.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “I like working with this age group,” she said.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “Everything about school is still new and exciting to them.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Learning and development takes place rapidly in the early years. This program takes advantage of this by helping children gain the basic skills and understandings they will build on in school. The program also familiarizes children with the rules and routines of school so they can start kindergarten ready to learn.”
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 Fairley Elementary in Hannibal, Ms. BoschÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s class is involved in a number of learning experiences and special projects.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “One week we created a pizza shop,” said Bosch.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “After viewing a menu with pictures, children ordered pizzas while other children baked and served their play dough pizzas.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The children worked on sharing and learning while learning about how a pizza shop operates.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I want the children to develop the social, academic, emotional and physical skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and I hope to spark an excitement in reading and learning and help them gain the confidence to do so.”
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.