Great Start is a series of eight free workshops at five Prince George’s County elementary schools for parents of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students.
In each of its six years the program has expanded. In this 2016-2017 school year:
1.Sessions one and two are focused on behavior and utilize the 1-2-3 Magic method. The workshops provide techniques to stop negative behavior and encourage positive behavior. These evenings, and all evenings throughout the year, include a meal for the whole family, Spanish translation of the workshops, and children’s enrichment activities.
2. The third and fourth sessions focus on reading. Teachers lead workshops on the first of the two nights for each grade level, explaining what skills children need to master that year and offering ways parents can help. The second of the two nights is a Reading Family Fun Night, where parents and children play fun reading games together and go home with all of the instructions and supplies to play them.
3. The fifth and sixth sessions focus on math. On the fifth night teachers lead workshops for each grade level on what math skills students need to learn that year, and how parents can help. The sixth session is a Math Family Fun Night, where parents and children play fun reading games together and go home with all of the instructions and supplies to play them.
4. The seventh session is held in February, and focuses on skills that the students need to master in the second half of the year and how to foster writing skills. The eighth and final workshop is in May, and focuses on summer activities to help children retain their skills and looks ahead to the skills to be mastered in the next grade.
All the Family Nights begin with dinner at 6:00 PM and end by 8:00 PM.
Here are the Great Start schedules at the five schools:
|School||Day||Behavior||Reading: Part 1||Reading: Part 2 Game Night
|Math: Part 2 Game Night|
|Bond Mill||Wed||Oct. 5, 19||Oct. 26||Nov. 2||Nov. 9||Nov. 16|
|Deerfield Run||Tues||Sept. 27, Oct. 4||Oct. 18||Oct. 25||Nov. 1||Nov. 15|
|James Harrison||Thurs||Oct. 6, 13||Oct. 20||Oct. 27||Nov. 3||Nov. 10|
|Laurel||Wed||Oct. 5, 19||Oct. 26||Nov. 2||Nov. 9||Nov. 16|
|Scotchtown Hills||Thurs||Oct. 6, 13||Oct. 20||Oct. 27||Nov. 3||Nov. 17|
The February and May sessions are as follows:
Bond Mill – Feb. 8 and May 17.
Deerfield Run – Feb. 7 and May 9.
James Harrison – Feb. 9 and May 4.
Laurel – Feb. 15 and May 10.
Scotchtown Hills – Feb. 16 and May 11.
If you are the parent of a pre-K, kindergarten, 1st- or 2nd-grade student at one of our five partner schools, you can register for Great Start through flyers sent home with your children.
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