Born Learning & Tiny Academies

Born Learning & Tiny Academies
Posted on 09/07/2018
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Superintendent Danny Adkins announces that on Tuesday, September 11, South Floyd Elementary kicks off our first Born Learning Academy of the year. This is our sixth year of having Born Learning Academies. On September 10, Allen Elementary will host our first Tiny Academy of the year.

 

“Our Floyd County team is ready to meet our future students. We’re excited to say that we have a Born Learning Academy or a Tiny Academy at every elementary school in our district so no matter where our future students live, there is an academy closer to their homes.” Adkins comments. “Our Born Learning offers six sessions and helps parents and caretakers learn how to make daily activities become learning experiences for kids, helping them get ready for school. Our Tiny Academies are designed to help students get ready for Kindergarten by learning about social skills and numbers and letters.”

 

A grant from the Toyota Motor Manufacturing in collaboration with the United Way of Kentucky partially funds the Born Learning Academy. The Academy’s first session was in November 2012 and now just as then, parents, caregivers and children birth to age five are encouraged to attend the six monthly sessions. We also invite expectant parents to attend. The Born Learning Academy focuses on turning experiences into learning opportunities in order to better equip children to be ready for school. Sessions include dinner and a thirty-minute segment where parents/caregivers learn an activity to do with their children. During this time, childcare is available for the children who attend. Then the two groups come back together and the parents/caregivers practice the activity with the children. Sessions also include door prizes.

 

Adkins continues, “We know it can be challenging to attend evening activities sometimes and that’s why I think it’s outstanding that there is free child care so parents/caretakers can take advantage of this great opportunity for their children. Both academies also offer free activities and door prizes. It’s also a great way for our future students to be in our buildings and get more accustomed to their future schools.” Adkins adds, “We want to especially thank our Family Resource and Youth Service Center Directors, Jerri Turner (AES), Brian Akers (BLES), Scott Shannon (DACE), Angie Martin (JMS), Sharon Collins (MVES), Rebial Reynolds (PES), and Opal “Cissy” Williams (SFES) for stepping up to be the leads on all of the academies. They’re helping provide these opportunities as well as scheduling special guests to present for families.”

 

The Floyd County Early Childhood team developed Tiny Academies to offer learning opportunities in schools that did not receive the Born Learning Grant. These academies introduce parents, caretakers and children to being ready for school. Parents learn about tools and strategies to help support their children to be more successful in school in a fun, active way.

 

Adkins ends saying, “We’re glad to have these academies in our Betsy Layne and Floyd Central attendance areas that received the Striving Readers Grant as they are assisting the academies in supporting literacy development. We want to reach every child from birth to high school graduation and that’s why our Prestonsburg area academies are also supporting literacy development. We hope you will check our schedules and attend the academy closest to you if you have children or care for children from birth to 5 years old. Working together with our families and community members will help all of our kids be ready for Kindergarten when it’s time for them to start.”

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