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Help Your Child Get Off To A Good Start With ‘More for 4’

Does your child have one more year before kindergarten?  Canyons District’s new “More for 4” Parent Academy can help him or her get off to a good start.
At several events during September, Canyons District will give tips to parents on how to prepare their children for their first year of school.  The classes, materials and games are provided at no charge.
“The aim of the More for 4 program is to work as partners with parents to support the growth of children in the areas of early literacy, numeracy, motor, language and social development so they can be successful in kindergarten,” said Terri Mitchell, coordinator of Canyons’ early childhood programs.
Mitchell says parents who attend the More for 4 Parent Academy will be presented with tips to use in everyday life to prepare their children for school. For example, she says, parents could reinforce early knowledge of numbers and quantity by asking their child to count out five dinner plates in order to set the table.  They also could ask their children to count the number of red cars they may see while running errands.
Both exercises are easy ways to help children learn about numbers and colors, she said. Participation in the More for 4 Parent Academy is not required. It is designed as a support for parents whose children will attend kindergarten next year in Canyons School District.
Free, on-site childcare also will be provided at the events. Courses, which will be conducted in both English and Spanish, are offered at the following locations:
Midvalley Elementary
217 E. 7800 South, Midvale
Sept. 13-14, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Copperview Elementary
8449 S. 150 West, Midvale
Sept. 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Bell View Elementary
9800 S. 800 East, Sandy
Sept. 20-21, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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