NCC offers a free program on kindergarten readiness January 29
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Northampton Community College will hold a free program on kindergarten readiness Tuesday, Jan. 29
Northampton Community College's Reibman Hall and Hannig Family Children's Centers will host "Kindergarten Readiness: Tips to Help Your Child Succeed" on Tuesday, January 29, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The program will be led by Denise Continenza of the Penn State Cooperative Extension. The program will be held in College Center 117 at NCC's Main Campus in Bethlehem Township, and will be livestreamed to the Monroe Campus in Video Conference Room 141. The interactive workshop will feature a question-and-answer session with a panel of early childhood experts, including an experienced kindergarten parent, a kindergarten teacher, a pediatrician, and a family educator. The panel will help parents and grandparents learn how to prepare children for …
Friday, January 4, 2013
East Penn kindergartners will register the week of March 18 at the school they will attend in the fall. The specific day depends on the school.
If you have a little person living in your house who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 12 and plans to start school in the fall, you need to block off some time during the week of March 18. That’s when East Penn School District will be holding kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year. The specific day of registration depends on the elementary school the child will attend (see below), but no matter what, registration appointments should run about 90 minutes and parents/guardians should plan to bring their soon-to-be-kindergartner along. This year, East Penn will continue its “green” approach to registration and will not mail kindergarten registration packets home unless a specific request for a printed packet is made. …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Most people know what “empty nest syndrome” is, but stay-at-home-parents feel similar emotions when all the kids head to school. What’s that syndrome called?
This past week resulted in an unexpected turn of events that has forever changed my perspective of parenting and school. Things started off as normal, both kids rubbing their sleepy eyes as they headed off to school on Monday. It was our third week into the new school year, and I was finally feeling like we were back in the groove. My youngest had been denied the option of full-day kindergarten earlier this year, and I had come to accept and relish in the fact that I was going to treasure this last year with him. He was assigned to morning kindergarten, which meant he and I had the entire afternoon together to do as we pleased…each and every day. I had big plans for us - special lunches, arts and crafts, baking, autumn leaf hunts…yes, I …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Most area schools offer half-day kindergarten as the norm. But is there a benefit for those who are given the exclusive option of a full-day class?
It’s official. I’m going to cry my eyes out on August 27. My youngest child will be climbing the steep stairs to the big yellow bus and heading off to kindergarten. For months, I was tormented by this decision. Should we send him now that he's five or would another year of preschool be better? Should we ask for full-day or half-day? Morning or afternoon? Decisions, decisions. What are your thoughts about the benefits of full-day vs. half-day kindergarten classes? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Back in the day, a child turned five (or close enough to it) and off they went to school. No tests to take, no evaluations - five equaled kindergarten. Now, parents often decide to hold their child back an extra year, sending them to …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Factors such as academic, emotional and social development come into consideration when contemplating kindergarten. Is there really a 'right time?'
Just when you think you’ve got your life under control something like kindergarten registration pops up in the middle of the week and knocks you off your block. I wasn’t quite ready for the decisions that lie before me this year. It all came too quickly. This past week I realized that my little boy, my second and final child, is heading off to kindergarten this fall. What an emotional jolt, especially for someone like me who has chosen to be a stay-at-home-mom for the past 10 years. The past decade has been filled with diapers, Sesame Street, sticky fingers, moms’ clubs, and many, many special moments that I might not have had if I had chosen to go back to work full-time. So here I am, signing the registration paperwork, scrambling to get …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Word-of-mouth helps perplexed parents to find the hidden preschool gems in our area.
Kindergarten registration begins on Monday. Families with children who are five years old or will be five on or before Sept. 12, can get more information about registration on the district’s Web site. (I will be one of those wet-eyed mums standing in line at an East Penn elementary school next week, preparing my “baby” for the next phase of life.”) It’s also registration time at most of the preschools in the area and there are a lot of great options out there. Places like Emmaus Moravian Church, St. John’s and The Village School all offer preschool programs for little ones. And, I have heard great things about all of them. In fact, my older child spent a wonderful year in Emmaus Moravian’s program. The options may seem fewer for those with…
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
No kindergarten registration materials will be mailed to parents unless requested; registration will take place the week of March 26.
Under the East Penn School District’s ongoing efforts to go paperless, kindergarten registration packets for the 2012-2013 school year will not be mailed to the families of prospective kindergarteners. Instead, the registration materials can be downloaded from the district’s Web site. Those who cannot download and print the online registration documents should contact Mrs. Linda Iezzi at 610-966-8321 to request a paper packet. According to the East Penn School District Web site, kindergarten registration is scheduled for the week of March 26, 2012. To be enrolled in kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before Sept. 12, 2012. Registration will take place in the school building where the child will attend kindergarten in the …
Monday, September 5, 2011
Reluctant student makes a daring escape on first day of school
Each year at this time, as thousands of 5-year-olds experience their first day of kindergarten, I know the mix of joy and dread they are feeling. I’ll always remember my first day of school – that sunny September day in 1944 in Summit Hill in nearby Carbon County – with pain and embarrassment. For days before, I chattered non-stop about starting school. My mother had bought me new clothes for the big day. She wanted to take my photo before we left, a precious keepsake to be tucked away for the ages. My father ceded matters such as discipline and logistics to my well-organized mother. In a rare exception, however, he told me the night before: Mess up in school and expect double what the teacher gives you when you get home. The fact that my …