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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 Janell Hale 410-968-1295 (Crisfield Families). For more information on car seat safety click this link. safekids.org
Car Seat installations will be done on Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Somerset County Board of Education located at 7982A Tawes Campus Drive Westover, MD 21871.
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!
Pipe Cleaner Math
This activity is pure fine motor FUN! As your child place the beads on the pipe cleaners, they are also strengthening their fine motor muscles, hand-eye coordination, and pencil grasp.
Materials: Colored Tape (for numbers), Pipe Cleaners, Colorful Beads, Permanent Marker
Take your baggie and draw a cloud at the top. Add a sun up there too. Then draw some lines to represent water towards the bottom of the bag, about an inch high. (The picture shows what I mean.)
Fill your baggie with water up to the water line you drew. You can add a couple of drops of blue food coloring at this point. It just looks cool and makes the water easier to see.
Seal up the baggie well and tape it to a sunny window. Now you wait.
This is an activity you set up and leave for a bit. It takes a little time for the water to evaporate, but you can check back on it throughout the day and see the different parts of the cycle.
The sun will cause the water to evaporate. You can see it start to condense in the clouds you drew. As the condensation builds up it will slide down the sides of the bag back to the water at the bottom. You made rain!
Materials: Zip lock bag, sharpie, water, blue food coloring
Pop It Sight Words
Your child is going to love this engaging activity. You child is to say the sight word and pop each sound as they say it. You can also have your child write the sounds on a dry erase board or a piece of paper.
Materials: Pop It, Sight Words, Permanent Marker