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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Playschool program shows success

  • -Students at Honesdale High School interested in teaching have the opportunity to work with children through a program that allows them to get experience in the field
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  • -Students at Honesdale High School interested in teaching have the opportunity to work with children through a program that allows them to get experience in the field. The Playschool Program is part of the Early Childhood Education class and works with children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. They must also be potty-trained. “The students make lesson plans and write objectives,” said Gretchen Wydeen, family and consumer sciences teacher. “Each week is a different theme.” This is her first year teaching in the Wayne Highlands School District and her seventh year teaching. Wydeen said the program is good for students who want to become early childhood education teachers. Classroom activity She had two classes that were involved in this program. Each has an opening and closing circle where a song is sung. The opening song, called “Hello Friends,” is sung to the tune of “Frère Jacques.” The closing song, called the “Goodbye Song,” is sung to the tune of “Mary had a Little Lamb.” “Everything changes each week but the songs remain the same,” Wydeen stated. One class does a craft, snack and free play and the other has imagination stations. These stations include literacy, science, a puzzle and closing circle. Right now the program takes place just once a week, but Wydeen said she wants to get the program to be multiple days a week. She explained the students are in charge of the class. “The students take on leadership roles and show more maturity when they walk through the door,” Wydeen said. “It's good to see them laugh and smile with the kids. They walk in and forget about everything else that's going on in their lives.” She added the students work with the children “one on one” and they even get hugs at the end of the day. “It's a positive point of the day,” Wydeen said. “It's a different type of class. It gives the students a real life experience and the class helps them prepare for that. They know how to utilize positive reinforcement and redirect the children if they need to.” She added the students do all the planning and set up and even do a practice run through. “They're responsible for it all,” she said. “The parents love it. I get emails from them saying how positively the kids talk about it and can't wait to get here. I share that with my students. “Each activity must fit a developmental skill that fits the children as well as the student. It's great for all of us.” With no budget for the Playschool Program the cost to participate is $25 per student, which goes toward supplies, snacks, etc. Wydeen said parents can call the school and sign up. This semester there were three children in the program. “I'm hoping to do this again next year,” she said. The number to call is (570) 253-4661.

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