GLASGOW — Children who are 3 or 4 years old who do not receiving any type of preschool assistance can have a chance to see what its like to attend school for the very first time by taking part in a free program called Ready, Set Grow.
The program is offered by the Barren County and Glasgow Family Resource centers.
“We had our first session this past Friday,” said Stephanie Decker, coordinator of the family resource center at Hiseville Elementary.
The sessions are offered every Friday in September from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Avenue Church at 315 Columbia Ave. in Glasgow.
“It's basically for the parent or the care giver and the child o come together and they get to experience what a classroom setting is like. They get to do some center times with Legos and blocks and things. They get to do a craft. We have games,” Decker said. “They get to learn social skills by being with other children and then we have a separation part where we take the parents in to a separate room, right next door, and we have a guest speaker come to talk to them. It may be somebody like a preschool teacher. It may be a counselor.”
For the last session the children will get to get on an actual school bus.
“Sometimes that can be kind of traumatic for them because it's new. It doesn't go anywhere but it lets them get used to what a school bus is because most of the time they have not ever seen one or been on one at that age,” Decker said.
The program has been offered for about five years.
Parents or care givers who want their children to take part in the program may contact any Barren County or Glasgow Family Resource Center for information, she said.
“Even if they come to the very last one, that's OK,” Decker said. “We don't necessarily build off of each prior session. They can come in and still learn something new and not have been there prior.”