Learning begins before a child starts school and Middlesboro elementary is encouraging parents to educate from birth.
Parents gathered at Middlesboro elementary on Tuesday evening for an informational session about the United Way bornlearning Academy program.
Middlesboro elementary has spent years researching this program and was given the opportunity to participate through a grant from Toyota Manufacturing. Middlesboro received one of 10 of these statewide grants.
“We don’t think about all of the great opportunities we have to interact with our children, to talk to them and to look at things, but this program reminds us and teaches us new ways to really use the time we have together,” said Middlesboro elementary principal Dr. Tony Maxwell.
bornlearning includes a monthly program for parents that will teach them how to make everyday activities a learning experience for their child who is under 5 years old.
Classes will cover different strategies used when learning at home, traveling, or in public places with your child.
The bornlearning Academy states it will teach parents how to turn everyday activities at home such as laundry, meals and bedtime into a learning experience. Riding in the car, public transportation or walking can be educational opportunities.
“Nowadays we’re not just competing with students in Middlesboro. It’s all around the world. We’re raising the bar and we’re here to help you help your child with that,” said Maxwell.
According to the United Way of Kentucky, which developed the program, the intentional placement of a school setting allows for parents and children to gain insight and a level of comfort needed to help transition into school later. It is also an opportunity for school leaders to get to know the family and their needs — all leading to long-standing and positive parent-teacher relationships.
If you are interested in registering for the bornlearning Academy, contact Farra Shoffner at 606-242-8879.
Kelsey Gerhardt can be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.