Plainwell Community School continues to focus on the importance of Early Childhood Education. Through the State of Michigan’s Great Parents, Great Start program and Plainwell’s Five-by-Five Initiative, PCS brings the excitement of education to our community’s youngest members – the Little Trojans (children ages birth to five).
Plainwell’s 5-By-5 Initiative-
(5 Standards All 5 Year Olds Should Know Before Kindergarten)
1. Say the alphabet
2. Count objects to 10
3. Rhyme words
4. Print my name
5. Say my first and last
name, my parents’
names, address and
Little Trojans – Great Parents, Great Start Program:
Great Parents, Great Start is an exciting FREE educational program that connects parents of children (ages birth to 5 years old) with other district families, community resources, the intermediate school district (AAESA), and our local school district (Plainwell Community Schools).
The following are FREE services offered to families in our district:
- Assessment testing to identify physical, cognitive, social, and emotional delays.
- Referrals to Early-On or Plainwell Community Schools for occupational and/or speech & language services.
- Classroom sessions to help promote cognitive, physical, and social growth for developmentally delayed children.
- “Welcome Baby” educational gift bag for new moms & their babies
- Monthly “Rhyme Time Literacy Playgroups” & literacy themed activity bags (September-May)
- Monthly exercise activities- “Fun-Kid-Fit” & “Open Swim” (November-March)
- Parent seminars and trainings (Various Dates)
- “Preschool Round-Up” (February each year)
- “Kindergarten Round-Up” (April each year)
Congratulations on your new arrival!
Fill out the request form below or call 685-5835 (ext. 1108) to receive a FREE “Welcome Baby” bag. It will be delivered to your home (during the school year only). Each bag contains a FREE book, list of developmental milestones for children ages 0-60 months, community resource information, and age appropriate activities for you to do at home with your growing newborn.
Plainwell Community School provides FREE monthly literacy-based activities for children (ages 0-5) and their guardian at Starr Elementary School. Playgroups are held every third Tuesday of the month, from 10-11am in the Early Childhood Discovery Center– unless school is cancelled due to inclement weather. Come explore your child’s many developmental domains- sensory, gross & fine motor, and social & language. Information related to early childhood topics will be shared at each playgroup, as well as, connections to community resources.
*A FREE book and snack are provided for every child at each playgroup.
New This School Year: 14 literacy themed activity bags will be available for check-out at every playgroup. Prizes will be awarded to those, who complete two out of the five activities at home each month.
September 19th– Come listen to “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and help letters A-Z climb the coconut tree. We will make felt trees with your names on them and eat alphabet trees for snack.
October 17th – Get your fingers ready to do the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and to make creepy spiders out of pipe cleaners & pony beads. We will have plastic spiders ready to climb water spouts this month too, so be prepared to get wet.
November 21st– Listen to “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” then go on an animal hunt around Starr Elementary to find everything Brown Bear saw in the book. There will also be animal matching games and M&M’s to graph for snack this month.
December (Date- TBD) – Enjoy the holidays this season by visiting downtown Allegan for Festive Fridays. Family coaches will have a table set up one of these evenings with FREE crafts and hot chocolate for families with children ages 0-12. A date & time will be determined this fall.
January 16th– Stuff the caterpillar’s belly with healthy snacks and make caterpillar bookmarks with different colored buttons after listening to “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. Then splurge on yummy fruit the caterpillar ate for snack this month.
February 20th– Come make 3 houses out of straw, wood, and brick from the story the “Three Little Pigs” and snack on trail mix, while listening to the story.
March 20th– Feed the hungry old lady different animals from the story, “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”, and try fly swatter painting.
April 17th– Act out animal movements from “Old McDonald Had a Farm, learn about the chicken’s life cycle, and play with farm animals with your friends.
May 15th– Come make frog puppets with googley eyes, play musical lily pads, and sing the song “5 Green Speckled Frogs”.
Playgroups are Sponsored by:
Parents stay healthy this winter by either walking or running at Hick’s Gym, while your child(ren) improve upon their own gross motor skills with age appropriate toys in the middle of the gym. Fun–Kid–Fit mornings will be offered every second Tuesday of the month from 10-10:45 am on these dates, unless school is cancelled due to inclement weather.
November 14th , December 12th, January 9th, February 13th, March 13th
Fun-Kid-Fit Mornings are Sponsored by:
Parents, bring your child(ren) ages 0-5 to the Middle School pool on these FREE Open Swim days from 11-11:30am. Swimming is a great way to stay healthy and to teach your child about water safety. A certified lifeguard will be on-hand but adults MUST be in the pool at all times with their child. Life jackets are available. Come have some fun this winter! We will meet on these dates, unless school is cancelled due to inclement weather.
November– 15th, December–6th, January– 17th, February– 7th
Aquatics is Sponsored by:
Preschool Roundup/Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will be held Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 from 6-7:30 pm in the Starr Media Center at Starr Elementary. This event is meant for children between 3-5 years old.
These preschools will be available to answer any questions you might have and to register your child!
- Head Start & Great Start Readiness Program (online enrollment)
- Preschool & Safe (in-person enrollment)
- Little Daffodils, LLC Daycare and Preschool – formerly known as Learn and Play Daycare (in-person enrollment)
- The Ark Preschool (in-person enrollment)
- St. Margaret’s Preschool (in-person enrollment)
More information will be coming soon about Kindergarten Roundup for the 2018-2019 school year.
For early childhood activities, find our Pinterest board.
For up-to-date events, please check out our Facebook page.
Join our early literacy campaign and begin reading to your child everyday. It’s never to late to start and the rewards are endless! Sign up at the Ransom District Library for prizes 🙂
Sign up for FREE books through Allegan County’s Imagination Library. You will be mailed a hardcover book every month until your child turns 5. Each book has an important early childhood theme running throughout it (i.e. animals, shapes, numbers, emotions, friendship, & getting ready for school).
Start your book collection today.
Plainwell Community School’s “Great Start Family Coach”:
Hi. My name is Rebecca (Becky) Huberty and I am so excited to end my third year at Plainwell as your Great Start Family Coach and Early Childhood Liaison. I have lived in the district for over a decade and my husband and I have three little girls at Starr Elementary. As a former elementary teacher, I am thrilled to share my literacy knowledge with young families and to connect them with FREE services and resources in the area. My goal is for ALL children (ages birth to five) to enter kindergarten as successful learners at Plainwell Community Schools.
In my spare time, I enjoy writing young adult novels- two of which are published under my pen name RL Stoll. I am active at Northbridge Church. I love to read, swim, and travel. If you have any questions, concerns, or need additional resources, please contact me at 269-685-5835 ext. #1108, or email me at gro.sloohcsllewnialp@ytrebuhr.