It was an exciting and fun-filled time at Pooh Corner in Saline, when preschool youngsters walked across the bride at Mill Pond Park and received a diploma, a book and an ‘All About Me” page.
The graduation festivities began with the children singing and entertaining their parents before lining up for the short jaunt across the park. When they reached the end of the bridge, parents took pictures and offered congratulations.
Children scurried back to the pavilion to be entertained by Mr. Pat, a guitarist and volunteer, Pat Grimes, who has performed music and songs for the preschool for decades, he said.
While parent volunteers prepared a healthy buffet, Grimes sang them silly songs, such as “The Donut Song” and asking if they had internal organs, proceeded to sing a song about one’s pancreas.
The graduates joined him singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” calling out animals before singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” This song was fun, as Grimes, introduced a big hairy spider singing in a deep bass voice and the Itsy-Bitsy spider in a high sing-songy voice.
All the children sang out for the finale, when he began playing the preschool theme song that ended with, “Pooh Corner, Pooh Corner kids are the best.”
Grimes added a harmonica for the last tune laughingly saying, “I gave it a bit of a Bob Dylan feel.”
The preschool program is offered through the Saline Community Education department at the Liberty School building for ages 3 to 5-years.
According to its website, the mission of the Pooh Corner Preschool Program is to provide an engaging learning environment to foster children's imagination, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
Also, the program is designed to foster children’s competency in all areas of development offering a well-balanced curriculum that prepares a child physically, emotionally, socially and ensures kindergarten readiness.
Director of Early Childhood Services Su-Fen Lin said they offer a Great Start Readiness Program that is state funded. The class meets Mon. through Fri. from 1 to 4 p.m. Depending on income guidelines, GSRP can be tuition-free. Fee-based programs are offered in the morning.
For more information on their services, visit the website at https://www.salineschools.org/schools/saline-community-education/pooh-corner/. Go to www.washtenewpreschool.org to complete the intake form. Enrollment is open for the 2018-2019 school year.