City Park In Dalton Adds New Pre-K Class

Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Jasmyne Escobar-Perez sings along to a song during morning circle
Jasmyne Escobar-Perez sings along to a song during morning circle

City Park Schoo expanded its prekindergarten program by one classroom due to an overwhelming need in the area.

The Dalton elementary school already had two Pre-K classes. With a waiting list of over 40 children, Bright from the Start (Georgia's Department of Early Care and Learning) approved another class would in the City Park zone. The class serves 22 students and began on Monday, Nov. 11.

Melanie Lovingood, the new teacher, said a few of the students began the week a little nervous, but they are slowly getting the hang of the day and schedule.

“A few cried on Monday,” said Ms. Lovingood, “but now, none cry at all. They realized they have a good time here. They are all adjusting well.”

The day starts with a morning circle where they sing and interact with each other and Lovingood. During group time, Ms. Lovingood said the children learn colors, puzzles, patterns, and how to perfect their names. The centers schedule really focuses on sharing and social skills. The students also get to learn self-help skills like how to take off their coat.

Lovingood said Pre-K is a great step to get children used to the school setting before entering kindergarten. “It helps them understand the function of school, and helps them work well with others and get along,” she said. “It also helps with separation from their parents, and lets them know this is a safe place.”


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