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LOP Eggstravaganza coming

Laura Lavelle
Lake of the Pines

Of the many childhood memories that cause my spirit to lighten, are those of Easter-time. One of the most vivid is of egg hunts, and of the peculiar taste of those marshmallow-like bright pink and yellow eggs with the hard sugar coating. These confections would stay, uneaten, in the bottom my basket for days before being tossed into the trash.

Even more vibrant is the memory of doing horizontal somersaults down clover-and-crabgrass-covered grassy knolls, and then standing up, whirly-headed, with the day's new outfit damp and besmirched with green stains.

If you have small children, or even if they are large, do not deprive them of the memory of an Easter egg hunt, especially when the opportunity to participate is right in your own neighborhood.

The Lake of the Pines Easter Eggstravaganza will take place on Saturday, March 30, at the Sports Lounge beginning at 10 a.m. for ages 3 and younger, 10:30 a.m. for 4-7, and 11 a.m. for ages 8-12.

In addition to the quintessential hunt for eggs, there will be a cakewalk, face painting, games, and a raffle. This year, the hunt is will take place on the LOP Driving Range. Contact Nicole Hurd at nhurd@lop.org or 268-1141, ext. 2015, for more information.

Positive experiences like egg hunts contribute to our children's well-being, and, ultimately, to their futures. Most parents involve their children in activities because they want the best for their children. Consequently, some parents even choose to educate their children at home.

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However, many of these same parents wonder if, perhaps, their students would be better served in the public schools where many educational resources are readily available.

Well, the Pleasant Ridge School District is offering these families the best of both worlds: a Blended Home Study program that allows parents to enroll their children in public school three days per week, while giving them an opportunity to work with them at home the other two days.

At Cottage Hill Elementary School, there are two classrooms dedicated to the Blended Home Study program.

One class serves students in grades 1-3, while the other one is for grades 4-6. All Blended Home Study students are given the opportunity to work at their own academic level, not the specific age-dictated grade level.

The district is hoping to grow the program to include kindergarten in the near future.

Shar Johns, principal of Cottage Hill, feels the program works well for parents who are seeking an alternative to the traditional classroom. The students benefit from direct classroom instruction in the core curriculum, and are also provided with "socialization and enrichment opportunities that are provided on the school campus." Instruction for this program is project and/or theme-based, and is focused on critical thinking skills and conceptual understanding.

Jackie Hollister teaches the 4-6 grade students at Cottage Hill. She believes the blended venue gives children a well-rounded school experience. It also allows parents the flexibility to go on extended field trips with their students, and to participate in sports-related weekends without the pressures of a 5-day school week.

The Pleasant Ridge School District will be holding a Blended Home Study informational meeting for parents on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Cottage Hill School. An informational brochure on the program is also available at the District's web site: http://www.prsd.k12.ca.us.

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