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Open enrollment is now taking place at Hannibal Children’s Center’s (HCC) full day kindergarten program.  At the HCC, family members and the community collaborate to empower students to become healthy, self-confident individuals.  This is done by providing children the resources to develop a passion for learning through interactive play.  

The Hannibal Children’s Center’s full-day kindergarten program will kick off this fall.  In order for parents to fully understand the benefits of an on-campus program such as this, the HCC is hosting an open house March 6 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  The open house will provide an opportunity to tour the classroom environment, meet the certified kindergarten teacher and learn more about the center’s kindergarten program.

“Our kindergarten program expands each student’s love of learning, their general knowledge, their ability to get along with others, and their interest in reaching out to the world,” said Meredith Andrews, Director of the Hannibal Children’s Center.  “Our kindergarten students encounter experiences that are challenging, engaging and nurturing.”

The HCC kindergarten program is led by certified teacher, Amy Sutton.  She has a strong background in elementary education and will help children grow socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Some things that set the HCC Kindergarten program apart are:
  • Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. They do not spend time only with the entire group.
  • Children have access to various activities throughout the day, such as block building, pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, and table toys such as Legos, pegboards, and puzzles. Children are not all doing the same things at the same time.
  • Children are playing and working with materials or other children. This engaged method avoids forcing children to sit quietly for long periods of time and wander in aimless activities.
  • Children have an opportunity to play outside or in the indoor play area every day.  Play is essential and not sacrificed for more instructional time.
  • Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences. Exploring the natural world of plants and animals, cooking, taking attendance, and serving snack are all meaningful activities to children.
  • Children work on projects and have long periods of time (at least one hour) to play and explore.
Curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead, as well as, those who need additional help. Because children differ in experiences and background, they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way.
Children and their parents look forward to school. Parents feel safe sending their child to kindergarten.

“Our teachers, families, and community collaborate to empower each child by providing resources to develop a passion for learning through interactive play,” added Mrs. Andrews.

For more information about the open house or to schedule a time to discuss enrollment for your child, please contact Meredith Andrews, Director at 573-406-5700.
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