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Educating Keiki

Program provides learning opportunities for pre-kindergarteners.

Families with young children are encouraged to check out the new R.E.A.L. (Resources and Early Access to Learning) program at Kaunakakai School.

The program that began last January targets children 0-5 years old, with two short classes each day. Each day groups of children in the same age participate in enrichment activities.

The different learning opportunities provide a guided activity that enhances different developmental domains. Keiki then come together in a group time to sing, read books, and explore various concepts.

The parents have a group discussion time during each session to learn about child development, different stages, how to enhance learning at home, and to bring up any issues they would like to know more about. Topics include issues such as discipline, promoting fitness, supporting reading and writing, nutrition, and dealing with siblings.

R.E.A.L. is now taking registrations for fall 2008. This year there will be two sessions: Aug. 25 to Dec. 5, 2008, and Jan. 19 to May 22, 2009. Classes will be kept small with about 6-8 children allowed.

For more information call Becky Takashima at Kaunakakai School, 553-1730.

Monday classes serve hapai women and infants from birth to 12 months. Tuesday classes serve children from 12-24 months, Thursdays are 24-36 months, and Fridays serve children 3-5 years old. Wednesdays are for those parents unable to come during the day, serving all ages 0-5 from 4-5:30 p.m.
  
Parents can choose to bring their child at either 8-9:30 a.m. or 10-11:30 a.m.

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