Afternoon gives kids Head Start on reading

Bear tales

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2008

 

  Gracie Lutz uses her teddy bear named Sassy for support as she listens to a story during a teddy bear tea party Thursday afternoon at Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Gracie Lutz uses her teddy bear named Sassy for support as she listens to a story during a teddy bear tea party Thursday afternoon at Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

"Uh oh!" students at Kenaitze Head Start cried as a mouse awoke a bear with a loud sneeze.

Of course, the bear wasn't real and neither was the mouse, they were characters in the book "Don't Wake the Bear." The book was read as part of Thursday's teddy bear tea, an event sponsored by Head Start for students and parents.

Everything was teddy bear themed, from the kids who brought their stuffed bears from home to the Teddy Grahams passed out as a snack.

Eli Woodward, Dana Verrengia, Michael Bernard, Bonnie Juliussen and Charmaine Lundy read bear-themed stories to the students, and Maggie Jones performed a song about bears. Jones also sang "You Are My Sunshine" in both English and Dena'ina, the language which has been implemeted into classrooms for the past two years.

Kenaitze Head Start began in 1998 and was the first Head Start program on the peninsula. There are currently 57 students enrolled in Head Start, 11 in the Alaska Native Preschool and 28 involved in the after-school program.

According to Early Childhood Education Director Debbie Shuey, the Teddy Bear Tea was kept to an hour in order to ensure the students remained attentive.

"That's about all our kids will sit for," she said.

Hannahlee Allers can be reached at hannahlee.allers@peninsulaclarion.com



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