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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
Child Tax Credit
Beginning soon, the first installment of automatic direct payments of the Child Tax Credit will be sent to most Maryland families. Provided through the American Rescue Plan, the newly enhanced Child Tax Credit can help Judy Center families like yours meet your day-to-day needs as our economy reopens and we continue to recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Activities to try!
Lemon Volcano Science Experiment
Fun Fact: According to Guinness World Records, the heaviest lemon ever recorded weighed 11 pounds and 9.7 ounces. This record was set on January 8, 2003 by Aharon Shemoel in Israel.
Click the picture above and learn how to make this cool and easy science experiment.
Materials: Craft Sticks, Colored Sharpie Markers
- Take two craft sticks, and lay them next to each other. Write an uppercase letter at the top and a lower case letter at the bottom. (If all 26 alphabet letters are in the same color, that might be difficult for your child).
- Once the puzzles are complete, you can place them in a can or zip lock bag. The child can pull the craft sticks out and match them.
Pizza Counting Game
Materials: Red dot stickers (you can also use a red marker), 2 white paper plates, black marker, scissors
- Cut one paper plate into pizza slices. Make the same amount of pizza slices on the other paper plate using the black marker.
- Then write a number on each slice on the paper plate that is not cut. On the paper plate that you cut into pieces, use the red dot stickers and add them to each slice to match one of the numbers on the whole pizza.