|TCI celebrates Week of Child|
|Thursday, 07 October 2010 13:56|
On Oct. 4, preschoolers from various government and private primary schools gathered at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Gymnasium in downtown Providenciales for fun, games and song as part of a weeklong celebration dubbed as “Early Years are Learning Years,” headed by the Education Department.
The event is just one of many activities going on at early childhood centers and kindergarten classes throughout the islands for the Week of the Young Child, a nationwide celebration honoring the youngest school-age children.
Inside the gymnasium, there were several hands-on booths for the children, reading books, toys, interactive activities, audio-visual center and a story-telling section led by Mother Goose, Juliet Smith of Oseta Jolly Primary School.
Early Childhood Education specialist for the Education Department, Katy Williams said schools have many events lined-up for the week. All activities are geared toward bringing children, families and communities together, she said.
“Children at an early age learn through story-telling, music and movement. Through story-telling they are able to dramatize what is happening, and through music and movement they are able to express themselves,” Williams said.
Meanwhile, one parent who attended the launch expressed bliss about the celebration and the idea behind it.
“Early childhood programs are important,” said Mrs. Siler. “Parents and children need them.”
An assortment of activities was planned by teachers and parents.
“Weeks before, we start saving art work,” said teacher Rebecca. “For the event, they will be displayed all throughout the center for friends, family and relatives to see! We also have a “Make it and Take it” project during the art show where children and parents can work on something together.”
“I had an idea to study children from other countries or cultures,” said Miss Roberts, a K1 and K2 teacher. “We will talk about their toys, things they learn, and how their daily events are different from ours. We also learn how to speak in their language. We will also make some of the children’s favorite dishes from each country.”
At Ianthe Pratt Primary School, a specially-designed Parents Workshop was planned.
“I am happy to see a lot of young children having fun and learning at the same time,” said Carolina Mercado, a parent of twins Kylie and Kyla. “From what I can see, this is a very special week for them.”
The official kick-off proved to be a success, and the weeklong celebration is expected to be as successful, fulfilling its purpose of focusing public attention on the needs of young children and their families, as well as to support the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
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