Camp Silver Eagle-Intergenerational program, Operation Conservation: The Wonderful, Winged and Wild! Ted Kendall AG Complex, McKenzie Facility, located on Seven Springs Rd., off Hwy 18. July 17-21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Come get connected: You, the backyard and all that lives there! Not just in terms of our own backyards, but in terms of our community as part of our backyards. Camp Silver Eagle, offers unique, one of a kind, fun and creative learning experiences for adults of all ages, youth (13-16), and children (6-12).
Past year participants have ranged from 4-90 and everywhere in between! We also welcome those with special needs upon pre-assessment for planning purposes. This year’s programs facilitated by MSU Extension and Research staff, will feature the following areas of interest: Focus Pollinator, Butterflies, Birding 101 and Everything Bird watching, Herb Gardening Made Easy-Indoors or Out, Struts and Ruts: Whitetail Deer History and Biology and Ecology of the Wild Turkey, program related activities and crafts. Certificates for those home-schooled and those seeking volunteer service time are available.
Awards, Recognitions and more! Admission is $40 for adults, or $60 for you and the 1st child, $15 for second and $10 per child thereafter. Special rates for groups of 10 or more. Youth 17+ are considered adults. Mail your registration fee payable to HCC, to: HCC Eagle Ridge Conference Center-Melody Field, Fifty Plus, P.O. Box 1100, Raymond, MS 39154-1100.
The Hinds Community College, Eagle Ridge Conference Center is located on the back side of the Eagle Ridge Golf Course, 1500 Raymond Lake Rd. off Hwy 18, across from the campus. Classes and Activities are located on the third floor, take the hallway to your right and follow the signs. Pre-registration is preferred, however, walk-ins are welcome based on space availability. Contact Melody Field, HCC +50 Coordinator @ 601.857.3773 or firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information or to register.
The Clinton Junior Auxiliary will be offering “JA JumpStart,” a free, week-long, intensive morning program for any child entering kindergarten at Clinton Park Elementary School who has had little to no early prekindergarten education. The program will be held July 17-21 at Clinton Park from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Organizers for the program for this year are Jordan Osborn and Brooke Rodgers, both teachers at Clinton Park.
JumpStart is designed to help students adjust to the expectations that come with attending kindergarten in a high-performing district like Clinton Public Schools. Those expectations include not only academic preparedness, but also developed social skills.
Organizers note that many soon-to-be students have had very little social interaction with individuals outside their family. They may have great social skills in the home; but, having not routinely been in a social learning environment, have been unable to put those skills to the test. For potential students with limited social exposure, organizers say that the start of kindergarten can be a bit overwhelming. These students have the ability to learn, they just lack the social skills that would enable that learning to take place. Educators agree that such social skills are critical to enabling the child to thrive in an educational setting.
When some students enter kindergarten, many are separated from their parents for the first time, and it can be hard for children who have had no early childhood education at home or in a pre-k program to pick up those basic coping skills necessary for separating.
Of course, academic preparedness is critical to the success of first-time students, as well. Many students entering kindergarten cannot write their name or grip a pencil. Many others may not have ever held scissors before. Still others may never have gone to the bathroom by themselves, tied their shoes or sat quietly in a group for story time. Children without these preschool experiences are often at a loss when it comes to following basic two-step instructions.
JA JumpStart seeks to help students bridge the gap that they may otherwise experience on their first day of school. For five days, they’re taught critical basics like colors, number recognition, writing their name, shape recognition, learning the alphabet and letter sounds. All of these are basic skills that open the gateway to reading and mathematics.
Osborn and Rodgers have both had first-hand experience with the results of the program.
“Brooke and I are both teachers at Clinton Park, and we have seen the benefit of the program. It is very helpful in setting up foundational skills and preparing these kids for the kindergarten setting,” said Osborn.
JA JumpStart is a free program offered to any student who is registered to attend kindergarten at Clinton Park Elementary School in August of 2017. While it is open to any eligible student, it is not an enrichment camp or a day camp for children in need of childcare.
Parents or guardians who are interested in sending their child to the program may email Jordan Osborn at email@example.com or Brooke Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Junior Auxiliary of Clinton’s website at www.jaclinton.com.