Grandparents’ Day fun for all at the Kiddie Corral |

Grandparents’ Day fun for all at the Kiddie Corral

John HartJessica Bullard, 4, gives a hug to grandmother Glenda Brown at the Grandparents' Day celebration at Kiddie Corral Friday.
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Hold a Grandparents’ Day, and they will come.

Two preschool classes at Williams Ranch School’s Kiddie Corral honored grandparents Thursday and Friday with singing, dancing and lots of hugs.

Teacher “Miss Cathy” Jones danced with kids in “Step into the Sunshine” and “The Chicken Dance.”

Jones started teaching in 1959, taking a hiatus to raise four children before returning to the classroom. She retired in 1992.

After two years of golfing and Lake Wildwood Little Theater participation, however, she returned to teaching. She beamed at her brood of excited preschoolers, saying, “This is what I live for.”

Kiddie Corral at Williams Ranch School began three years ago, funded with state grants through the county’s Children and Families First Commission. It is now fully funded by parents’ tuition.

“I developed my own curriculum,” said Jones. She uses the school district’s adopted language and math programs and draws from her dramatic interests.

A poster display showed photos from last week’s “Beauty and Barber Shop,” in which preschoolers learned how to do their nails and wash and style hair. Wigs borrowed from the Little Theater were a hit.

“Now we’re doing to do “Art for Two … or Three,” Jones instructed the children and their grandparents. The object of the art project is to draw a picture together: Grandparent draws child, child draws grandparent.

The program concluded with the song “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” complete with painted cardboard scenery and props.

There are openings in Kiddie Corral’s Tuesday/Thursday class at Williams Ranch School, 14685 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley. Contact Cathy Jones at 432-7300. Reduced tuition is available for those who qualify.

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