The gymnasium at the Barriere Ridge was filled with spectators of all ages who had come to be treated to a Christmas Concert presented by more than 30 preschoolers aptly named “The Little Stars”.
These youngsters had practised for more than a month, as their teachers taught them to sing and act out Christmas songs.
There were great big smiles on the faces of everyone in the audience as they watched the youngsters go through their routines, many of the children looked serious but seemingly enjoyed themselves as well.
After the concert, everyone was invited to share great snacks, baked goodies and sweets at the Yellowhead Community Services open house. Everyone expressed their appreciation to the organizers for an enjoyable time, and for the great presentation by the children.
The Little Stars Preschool Program is provided by Yellowhead Community Services (YCS) in Barriere, and facilitated at the Barriere Ridge three days a week by Jody Phillips, Sarah Lassi and Barb Morris.
The true purpose of Little Stars Preschool is to prepare the children for their eventual transition into kindergarten. At preschool everyone works hard to ensure literacy, language and numeracy skills are developed in conjunction with social and emotional skills, – with the programs aim being to provide the best possible care and developmentally rounded experience possible.. A child that has been encouraged to share, sit and listen at circle time, respect their friends and even complete simple activities such as making a line at the door will have a considerable advantage when entering kindergarten as they will have experienced many of the demands of school life but in a less formal and intimidating setting.