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Somerset County Public Schools Pre-K 3 Program
Resources for Parents and Families
“You are your child’s first and most important teacher! There are many things you can do with your child, starting at birth, to help him/her be ready to succeed in school.
And, we are here to help. Our ParentTips, parent-child activities, school readiness resources, and other important information will show you how.”
“It’s easy to know your child needs help dealing with a fever or a broken bone, but mental health problems can be harder to identify. Children of all ages, even as young infants, can experience mental health problems. A difficulty of parenting is knowing the kinds of behaviors and moods that are usual for the stage of development your child is in and when your child has gone beyond the norm and needs help.”
“We know that families play the most important role in preparing young children for school and for the rest of their lives. But child care providers are right there too in terms of their impact on children. Choosing the right child care provider could mean the difference between your child being ready for the first day of Kindergarten (and everything that comes after it) or not.”
“Each week, parents and caregivers receive fun facts and easy tips on how to promote their children’s development by building on existing family routines – like pointing out letters on the cereal box at breakfast, counting the number of steps as you walk to the car or bus, or making feeling faces in the mirror after you brush your teeth.”
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities. United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore has provided the Imagination Library program to children in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties in Maryland for over 8 years.
Sign up your child today! Simply go to United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s website to register your child OR call the office: 410-742-5143. https://www.uwles.org/imaginationlibrary
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Is Your Child Riding Safe?
Did you know that under Maryland law any child, age 0-7, who is shorter than 4’9″ must be secured in a car seat or booster?
With your help we will determine which seat is best for your child. We provide a car seat safety training and a free car seat or booster for families in need. Please call and set a appointment for car seat installation with a certified car seat technician. For more information Contact Tynice DeShields 410-651-1275 (Princess Anne Families), and Danielle Webster 410-968-1295 (Crisfield Families). For more information on car seat safety click this link. safekids.org
Car Seat installations will be done Monday – Friday at the Somerset County Board of Education located at 7982A Tawes Campus Drive Westover, MD 21871. Please Contact Deona Henson at 410-651-1616 ext. 11259 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Need A Driver’s License?
Wor-Wic Community College offers assistance to complete driver’s Ed:
- Scholarships to reduce cost.
- Laptops to borrow to complete classes at home.
- A ride to and from behind the wheel drives.
Register at: worwic.edu/driverseducation. For More info call 410-334-6729
Activities to try!
Sparkly Winter Playdough
This sparkly winter playdough is perfect for sensory play. You will measure the hair conditioner into a bowl and then mix in the essential oil and cornstarch. You will likely need more than 1 cup of cornstarch, but 1 cup is a good measurement to start with.
Materials: 1.5 cups of hair conditioner, 1 cup cornstarch, Blue Sparkles, essential oil, mixing bowl, and spoon
Snowman in a Bag
This activity is a fun science crafty that can be done at home. Cut circles for the mouth from black construction paper. Cut a triangle from the orange construction paper. Put glue on the storage bag with googly eyes. Squirt a little shaving cream into the bag and zip shut.
Materials: Orange construction paper, black construction paper, googly eyes, shaving cream, slider storage bags, glue
Snow Storm in a Bottle
Fill your water bottle halfway with water then add equal amounts corn syrup. Then dump in as much glitter as you like and screw on the lid very tightly. Then let the kids shake their bottle and create their very own snow storm.
Materials: Empty water bottle, water, corn syrup, glitter