The Early Childhood/Pre-Kindergarten Team:
In order to qualify for the District’s Early Childhood or Pre-Kindergarten Programs, children must reside within the Homewood School District 153 boundaries and be between the ages of 3 and 4 years old. Each child is required to participate in the District’s preschool screening process. Eligibility for the programs is based upon the results of the screening, parent interview, and consideration of possible risk factors. Each family will be contacted as to whether or not their child is eligible for one of the programs.
To find out about the next screening dates and request an appointment, fill out the form below.
Screening Dates (Appointment Only)
Our half day programs serve 3-5 year old children. We address their fine motor (small muscle), gross motor (large muscle), social-emotional, language, and cognitive (thinking) skills each day. Our preschoolers accomplish this by learning through play. We utilize centers to encourage development in our students. Centers are areas of play/work for children to develop or enhance their skills.
Our students are enriched by a multitude of professionals each day. Each classroom not only has a teacher, but a teacher’s assistant is present, as well. The children also have access to occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech/language therapists. However, the key ingredient for your child’s success is parental involvement. Therefore, our programs strive to keep you connected! We accomplish this by encouraging parents to volunteer in the classroom, attending monthly parent/child field trips and by offering parent educational programs.
The Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten programs have been designed to create a positive first school experience. It is our goal that your child will bloom at Willow School and excel throughout their academic career.
This month you and your child will practice cutting. Please read the “Why Are Scissor Skills So Important”. Here are important Scissor Rules for safety and success: 1.Choose an area where cutting is allowed and supervised (kitchen, living room, homework area, etc.) 2. Show your child the appropriate way to hold the scissors. 3. Discuss what can and cannot be cut. 4. Practice, practice, practice and have fun!
Two activities this month! (smile)
- Troll Hair Cutting practice (remind your child about Scissor Rules)
- Heart Shaped Name Puzzle
- The 1-2-3 Magic Program continues to offer parents, pediatricians, mental health professionals, grandparents, teachers and even babysitters a simple and gentle-but-firm approach to managing the behavior of 2 to 12-year-olds, whether they are average kids or special-needs children. Click Here
- A children's book that promotes healthy eating: Click Here
- Parent resource book: Find in your local library
- Fine Motor Skills: Here is a website with activities to foster fine motor skills. Click Here
- Gross Motor Skills: This short article lists several ways to get children moving indoors especially during winter months when daily outdoor activities are not possible. Click Here