Page 10 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - April, 2017
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Spring marches along Building
a Chehalis
Busy bees have fun language
at Early Learning foundation

Last month, children Parents raised more than Children from By Janet Stegall,
at Early Learning were $1,000 dollars through their Early Head Planning Department
anxiously waiting for spring baking efforts, involvement Start pet and
to arrive. They were finally and donations. feed goats In 2016, the Chehalis Tribal
able to trade in their thick during a field Planning Department applied for
winter coats for rain coats Thank you to everyone trip to Lattin’s and received a grant from The
and boots! who made this fundraiser Country Cider MICA Group Cultural Resource
possible and for supporting Mill and Farm Fund to help restore a part of
Our program celebrated our children. on March 31. tribal culture that might have
St. Patrick’s Day with a It was a been negatively affected by the
Spirit Day filled with green Down on the farm wonderful way building of railroads through
clothing, green eggs and to welcome historical indigenous areas.
ham and leprechaun parties. On March 31, Early Head spring after a
Start participants headed to long winter. The focus of the grant
Parents, family, friends Lattin’s Country Cider Mill proposal was the Chehalis
and community members and Farm to get a look at our ENROLL NOW language and, specifically, the
are always encouraged to favorite furry animals! importance of building a second
take part in our spirit days, Chehalis Tribal Early language foundation in young
and we appreciate the help. Children were able to Learning Program children. The grant, a one-time
pet the friendly critters is always accepting funding, gave the Planning
Parent night and enjoyed homemade applications for Department the funds needed
delectable doughnuts and enrollment. to put Dan Penn, Chehalis tribal
Our March Parent Night sweet cider. We have 49 center-based member and Cultural Resources
was a special one as we (ages 3-5) Head Start Technician, in Early Learning
learned about community We sure appreciate family slots and 24 Early Head classrooms once a week to start
resources from the Domestic participation for this yearly Start slots (ages 0-3); building that foundation.
Violence program as well event. and eight home-based
as how to make beautiful (ages 0-3) slots and three Dan meets with each class in
beaded necklaces from expectant mothers. the Early Learning Program for
Domestic Violence Advocate For an application, 15 minutes once a week. Fifteen
Janita Raham. please stop by our main minutes is the ideal amount of
entrance from 8 a.m.- time for pre-K children to spend
Families also received 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with an instructor learning basic
information about the or call our main line at second language use.
importance of the Foster 360-273-5514.
Program from Family Dan uses the Accelerated
Services. We appreciate the Second Language Acquisition
information. method developed by Dr.
Stephen Greymorning, a Native
A wonderful raffle was American linguist and author out
won by Philip Youckton, of Montana State University. The
Racheal Mendez and Julie Accelerated Second Language
Moore! Acquisition method uses pictures
and pronunciation rather than
We hope to keep our Early written words, which is perfect
Learning families engaged in for children not yet able to read.
Parent Nights and encourage
them to get involved. The ASLA method is also an
effective and natural way for older
It’s the most important children and adults to learn a
component of our program - second language, and Dan hopes
parent involvement. to be able to bring the Chehalis
language back to the community
Bake sale at some point. For the time
being, a solid foundation is being
The Head Start Class built for the future through the
of 2017 parent committee youngest of our children.
organized a St. Patrick’s Day
Bake Sale on March 17 with
all proceeds going toward
Head Start Graduation in
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