The classes focus on literacy-based learning to help children acquire the skills, knowledge, and behaviors they need to transition successfully into Kindergarten. Emphasis is placed on pre-academic and school readiness skills such as listening and communicating, reading and number concepts, and playing and working together. Wee Lads and Lasses offers a wide range of developmentally appropriate, enriching activities while focusing on each child’s individual social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills.
The Peer Model Program provides an opportunity for typically developing children to join students in the Early Childhood Special Education Program and to serve as role models for the children with special needs. Peer Model students provide positive peer interactions, demonstrate play skills, and model appropriate language and behavior.
Benefits for Peer Models:
- Peers develop positive and accepting attitudes toward people with special needs
- Peers are frequently viewed as more socially skillful by teacher and parents
- Peers participate in routines and activities similar to a community preschool
program and typically attain equal, if not greater, developmental progress
Applications available at the Chapman Elementary office.
Class size is limited.
Items needed to enroll:
- Copy of birth certificate
- Copy of Immunizations
- Proof of residency (such as utility bill and/or copy of rental agreement)
Cost is $90.00 per quarter.
T & TH 8:15-10:45 am (Typically 3 yr old)
Must be 3 as of September 1st of enrolling year.
M & W or T & TH 12:30-3:00 pm (Typically 4 yr old)
Must not be Kindergarten eligible to attend.
Teacher, Kim Shafer
“Miss Kim” is an early childhood special education teacher with over 30 years of experience. She received her degree from Kansas State University and has taught in several Kansas and Nebraska school districts. She has been the preschool teacher at Wee Lads and Lasses since its beginning in 2012 serving many young children and their families in the Chapman school district. “I love watching young children grow. They learn and progress so much in a year’s time. It is always fun to think back on the beginning of the school year and compare then and now.”