Friday, September 24, 2010

Play to Learn Expands to New Site

Parents will have another opportunity to sign up for a FREE playgroup for their, two three four and five year olds as well as younger siblings. Sessions are set to begin October 26th 2010 and will be throughout the school year. Classes will meet one time a week on Tuesdays from 10 to 12.

Play to Learn will be held at Mt Wesley Wesleyan Church, 403 Mount Wesley Church Rd. Hiddenite NC 28636. The two hour playgroup will meet on Tuesdays from 10am to 12 noon. Registration is currently being conducted for this FREE program. Interested parents are asked to register by calling the 828-632-3799 to receive a registration form or by emailing

Activities will be based on the Creative Curriculum for the children and help parents/caregivers by providing age appropriate adult/child interactions through play. Information on child development and community resources will be available along with ideas for activities to be used at home. Children will be introduced to visual arts, creative drama, creative movement, and music with a literacy enhancement component. Sessions will include themes that allow children to receive take home materials to extend the session into their home with parental support.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

County Fair Exhibit is a Hit!

Alexander County Partnership for Children placed an exhibit at the 2010 Alexander County Fair. The theme for the exhibit was Nursery Rhymes-cultural touchstones to build children's literacy. The exhibit showed displays of classic children's nursery rhymes including Hickory Dickory Dock and Little Boy Blue. The exhibit was well received by fair goers!

Start With the Arts Festival is a Success

Children and families gathered at the Hiddenite Center on Saturday, September 11th to celebrate the arts. Children's art work was displayed along opportunities for experiencing art. Activities included stamping, foam art, wikki art, picture frame making, model magic, origami, canvas painting, art rubbings, and scratch art. Music was a part of the festival as children sang, danced and participated in creative movement. This fun fill celebration was a component of Start With the Arts Alexander a program funded by the LEGO Children's Fund.