Homework: The parents also toil

NEIGHBORS

March 25, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

News from the homework front: All sorts of projects are due in the next month. As usual, that means that your youngster needs books on quagmires or other obscure topics the same month her 30 classmates do.

The odds are that the library system doesn't have 30 books on quagmires and their causes.

So, what does the aware parent do? First, you cry. No, not really; you just feel like it. Actually, you go to the library early, as someone has to get the first books.

You also bring loose-leaf papers, pens and about $4 in change for the photocopy machines and the printers on the data bases.

That way, it doesn't matter if all the quagmire books are out, your scholar can get information from the reference and periodicals sections.

Finally, you ask the librarians for help.

Trust me, they are pros at this.

They are also very friendly, very helpful and, best of all, very knowledgeable about where to find what you're looking for. This past week the library installed some new software in the catalog computers.

There are some differences in the way the computer screens look. If you have questions just ask. Librarians live for that.

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Mark Wednesday, April 13, on the calendar for the preschool set.

That's the next Bedtime Storytime scheduled at both the Savage and Elkridge branches of the Howard County Library.

As usual, there is no registration required for this 7 p.m. to 7:30 BTC p.m. program, and the junior patrons are welcomed to come in their pajamas. It's a sort of preslumber party.

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Guilford Elementary staff members are seriously committed to helping all the children in the school acquire a firm grounding in the basic skills necessary to succeed at school and in life.

Last week I mentioned the after-school Basics program that would have helped me understand multiplication before the ninth grade. (It's OK, I went on to become a Merit Scholarship semifinalist, proving that third grade is not destiny).

This week John Hammett outlined the programs that Guilford has for students.

Beginning Saturday, April 6, Guilford Elementary runs a preschool for children who will enter kindergarten in the fall.

This six-week two-hour program, coordinated by first-grade teacher Maria Allen, will help children get used to the school.

By the time they enter Guilford, the preschoolers will be old hands. They'll know what the ringing bells mean, where the bathrooms are, how to sit still all through story time, who the principal is, when to raise a hand and how to get along with children who aren't relatives.

This program sort of jump-starts the students' academic careers.

Next year in kindergarten, the teachers can then concentrate on the program, rather than on teaching the children to sit still.

And Guilford hasn't forgotten the parents, either. While the preschoolers are going to their sessions, Guilford staff members will gladly train parents to become summer teachers for their children.

The parents will learn techniques and tricks to help their children remember what they learned this spring.

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Guilford also has a summer program to help older students who are newcomers get used to the demands of Guilford. Begun last summer, this program is designed for entering first- and second-graders who have recently moved into Guilford's area.

The program focuses on reviewing basic skills and getting the students used to the Guilford way.

If you have any questions about any of these programs, or wish to enroll your children, call the school at (410) 880-5930 for more information.

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First Baptist Church of Savage will hold an Easter sunrise service in Savage Park, Easter Sunday, April 3, at 8:30 a.m. (sunrise comes later than it used to).

Call the church at (301) 725-3944 for more details about this lovely service.

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