Pre-schoolers in the Oswego school district area 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.
Valerie Donovan, an elementary teacher with the Oswego school district, has been with the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program for the past 3 summers.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â She sees the program as a benefit to both the children and the community.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “The Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program gives children the opportunity to be involved in an educational setting while allowing us to focus also on developing important social skills. This program is a real investment in the future of the community as it provides a wealth of early learning experiences and readiness skills for young children and helps to prepare them to enter kindergarten.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I hope that through involvement with the program children will develop a love for learning that follows them throughout their school years,” said Donovan.
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 In Oswego, Ms. Donovan’s class is involved in a number of special projects such as making their own color books, working on computers, playing in the sand and water table and going on a ‘color scavenger hunt’.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “I want to provide the children with a fun, structured classroom experience that will properly prepare them for the transition to kindergarten,” added Donovan.
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.