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Winterfest theme promotes reading at Head Start

March 23, 2009

Sam Rivera taught 2-year-olds in her Head Start of Washington County class how to make and toss cotton snowballs after a reading activity at the Snow Castle station during the 2009 Winterfest held recently at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

The Winterfest theme was put together to promote language development, literacy, science and math. The age range of the Head Start students participating in the event was 2- to 5-year-olds.

The Winterfest activity stations that the children visited included: the making of snow globes; identifying winter items (a scarf, snow flake, snow princess doll, polar bear doll, etc.); and a math activity that included counting geometric items and placing them into a bucket while recording the tally.

The activity stations were not only learning and fun for the children, one station was a food treat where children made a snowman face using whip cream, raisons and M&Ms.

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Children enjoyed the event and so did the Head Start staff. The Winterfest was challenging and rewarding to all who participated.

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