Pups Playschool Hosted by Child Development Classes

This year the program is being held from March 6 to May 3. Children ages three and four come to Dunbar from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on A days for a period of six weeks. 

Every year, family consumer sciences teacher Mrs. Monica Harbut hosts a program at Dunbar called Pup Playschool with her Child Development classes.

There are currently nine children in the program so there is a good ratio between children and the students who develop lesson plans according to state guidelines and run the majority of the class. Mrs. Harbut said that she is only there to supervise.

“They go through art, music, science and language development,” said Mrs. Harbut. “Yesterday they even did things in Spanish.”

The playschool has been implemented at Dunbar for over a decade and is available to the general public. Mrs. Harbut co-created the program with now retired teacher Mrs. Tresea Maull, who also used to teach Child Development. Mrs. Harbut said that the child development students spread word about the class through word of mouth, social media and emails. 

Mrs. Harbut said that the playschool is not only beneficial to the children, but the students running the program. It helps those who want to be a pediatric nurse, social worker, pediatrician or any other career that involves working with kids.

“My students also go through commonwealth childcare credential training first semester, and they learn about safety and how to recognize and report abuse,” she said.

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  • One of the play school students crawled under a table while playing with his toy truck.

  • The children’s work is laid out on tables to be displayed and allow it to dry.

  • A play school teacher talks to a child about his toy truck.

  • The children participate in different activities where they draw.

  • A child picks out a toy to play with from the toy shelf.

  • The children have lots of toys to choose from to play with when they aren’t learning lessons.

  • The children are walked through the school to the play school room once their parents drop them off.