Tuesday marked the opening day of Paw Prints Preschool at Telesis Preparatory Academy in Lake Havasu City.
“The preschool is for ages three, four and five,” said Telesis Superintendent Sandy Breece. “For me, this project has been on the drawing board for a long time. And now it’s here, finally.”
Breece said establishing the preschool cost Telesis in the neighborhood of $10,000. Most of the funds were spent on improving the playground area to comply with state standards.
Breece and a visitor visited the classroom around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, just in time for snacks. Lead teacher Brenda White and her assistant Tracie Lopez were scooting around the room at top speed handing out bananas, graham crackers and cucumber slices to 20 hungry children who clearly had not yet learned the art of patience. Everyone wanted their milk or juice glasses filled yesterday.
White grinned broadly as she methodically filled the kids’ tumblers. She’s seen a roomful of thirsty kids before. For two years, she worked at the Little Knights preschool operated by the Lake Havasu Unified School District.
“We’ll get there,” she smiled. “As we learn, we will do family-style serving and the children will pass food to each other.”
Table manners are one of many lessons the preschoolers will learn. Some students came into the class being able to recite their ABCs and count to 10.
Parent Emily Horton enrolled her three-year-old daughter, Penelope, in the class for reasons beyond academics.
“She’s in here for socialization. I work during the day, my husband works at night and Penelope has been home all the time. She’s an only child. There are not a lot of chances for her to play with kids her own age,” Horton said.
Breece said 22 children are registered at the preschool. There are two sessions, 8 a.m.- 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. Some children attend both sessions. Snacks are provided. There is no nap time and children must be toilet-trained to attend.
The cost per week is $70 for either the morning or afternoon session. Discounts are available to parents who pay bi-weekly or monthly.
For enrollment information, call Telesis at 928-855-8661.