Because parents are a child's first and best teacher, education professionals in Clay County work to develop and establish the family's learning link.
Children and their families were invited to Family Fun Night at Clay City Elementary Thursday. The event was sponsored by a grant from Community Alliances Promoting Education provided by Lilly Endowment Inc., to discover skills and activities learned in school.
"Our goal is to provide and encourage parental involvement early on in a child's education," Mary Yelton, education coordinator of prevention services under the CAPE grant, said.
Preschoolers learned to demonstrate self-direction and independence and play well with other children at some activity centers. At other centers, they practiced control of small muscles in hands and hand-eye coordination or demonstrated basic locomotor skills or showed how they can recognize numbers, patterns and sequences.
Activities included a sensory table, make-and-eat snack table, math, art, play dough, fruit loop lacing and sing along with guitar music. Children also learned that night by doing what they do best, pretending.
Kindergarteners played word fishing games, practiced reading comprehension and creative writing with Vickie Wey, Angela Kirkland and Erin Booe.
First graders read books aloud during a cooking activity, did math activities with money and accessed Web sites in reading and language arts with Suzette Ames, Claudia Moss and Karla Wellman.
Second graders did make-it-and-take-it reading and writing projects, cooking activities and computer Web sites with Charlotte Pickens, Pamalee Caress and Carol Morris.
"We were so pleased to see young fathers and mothers get involved in their children's activities. It was fun to watch them work and play together with playdough and the other developmentally appropriate items and activities. It's important to read to your child every day, but it's most important to spend time with your child," Yelton said.
Most of the centers are simple to make at home. Parents can just use what they have at home and make learning fun for their child. Call 448-8985 for more information to help your family develop fun learning experiences.