Feb 052015

KEOKUK — Big River United Way recently awarded Keokuk Catholic Preschool a grant to implement a technology center in the 3-year-old preschool classroom. The classroom uses Creative Curriculum through which students participate in nine different interest areas, including computers.

Keokuk Catholic Preschool students Layla Wong and Ryan Bolton work on an i-Pad. A grant enabled the school to implement a new technology center in the classroom.

Now preschoolers will have access to i-Pads on a daily basis during center choice time. Teacher Becky Blomme will monitor the time each student uses the devices. The school believes computer usage promotes social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language development. Computers also have the capacity to integrate learning within the areas of literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts. A variety of educational apps that enhance student learning will be downloaded. Blomme will also use the devices as a way to monitor and assess student learning.

Keokuk Catholic Preschool has two 3-year-old preschool classes, one offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:15 to 11 a.m. and the other on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Maximum class size is eight students.

A parent information night is planned for March 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Keokuk Catholic, 2981 Plank Road. Anyone who is interested in the preschool program for the fall is encouraged to attend. Please call (319) 524-5450 for further details.

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