Preschool students in Troy Crossroads Elementary School’s Little Bees program got to play and learn on a recent rainy Tuesday morning, as they, their parents and their teachers partnered with the Joliet Park District for Cabin Fever Day at the park district’s Multi-Purpose Center.
Parents joined their children in a “Parent Side by Side, Partnering with Parents” activity for a morning of exercise and gross motor activities with the park district’s large variety of climbing, peddling, crawling, rolling and jumping resources. They also received a demonstration of good preschool health and nutrition presented by park district staff dietician Gloria Dollinger.
Troy Crossroads Elementary School Assistant Principal and Preschool Program Supervisor Susan Behun said the partnership between the school, the parents and the community is an important one in education and is one of Troy’s goals. Having the parents involved, Behun said, helps promote meaningful interactions between them and their children.
“The students got to participate in a variety of indoor preschool-level gross motor activities that their parents can do with them at home,” she said.
Recreation Coordinator at Joliet Park District Karen Cooper said she was excited to work with the school district’s preschool students and parents. “Cabin Fever Day, she said, is a great way to get out of the house during chilly days and have some good physical fun.”
Cooper said when parents move and exercise with their kids, they create wonderful family memories together.
May Barton brought her daughter Skye to Cabin Fever Day and said that Skye enjoyed all the activities at the event. “There were a lot of good ideas I can do at home,” Barton said. “This is an awesome idea. You get them out, they have some fun and they get to see kids they don’t get to see in the other classes.”
Troy Community School District 30-C also partners with the park district for after-school programs for its students. The Joliet Park District also offers open gym sessions for the public. The Troy Crossroads’ Parent Side by Side, Partnering with Parents program also partners with such community members as Oberweis Dairy and Chuck E. Cheese’s.