It is not too late
to consider enrolling young children in preschool for the 2014-15 school
year at Smart Start Preschool, conveniently located off of Highway 49 and
1100 N, Chesterton.
presently has some spots open in the three-year-olds’ class that meets
Tuesdays and Thursdays and the Pre-K class that meets on Mondays, Wednesdays
Early education is
so important that state and national education agencies are advocating more
education for preschoolers to get them prepared for school and on a path to
have instituted all-day Kindergarten, so Smart Start teacher Pat Jackson
suggests to parents that starting their children in a two- or three- day- a-
week program is a gentle way to ease early learners into the routine of
school. “With so many pressures on parents and children these days,
preschool introduces the child to some independence while still allowing for
nurturing in a caring and gentle atmosphere. An added benefit is that Mom or
Dad can get used to the parental/child separation anxiety a little more
easily when they start with just a few days a week.”
The curriculum at
Smart Start promotes basic reading readiness skills, beginning academics and
science in combination with strong socialization skills, which are very
important in preparing the student for success in school. Children
experience daily centers for academics, crafts for small motor development
in a variety of mediums, and independent play. Socialization and imagination
skills are developed during free group playtime. Music class further
enhances brain development through exploration of rhythm, pitch, voice,
motion, memorization, and instruments.
The school is
located in St. Paul Lutheran Church at 50 E and 1100 N in Chesterton.
Teachers are Carolyn Neary, Pat Jackson, and Danielle Johnston. Classes are
held from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
An open house will
be held Thursday, August 28, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Prospective parents and
students can schedule a tour of the class areas prior to the open house.
about registration or tours at Smart Start the public may call (219)
395-1880 or e-mail questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org