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Schools offer resources for parent-educators

By Billie Martin

Riverside Schools, at U.S. Highway 2 and Deer Park-Milan Road in Chattaroy, offers Home Link programs in which parents may be involved. If you teach your children at home or you have preschool-age children, you may be interested in these programs for next school year.

The Independent Scholar Program brings support to parents who choose to teach their children at home. The program offers an academic and enrichment curriculum for grades kindergarten through 12. Students can attend one day per week with peers in a small-class-size setting. Riverside School District also provides transportation on the school bus system, as well as the school lunch program.

Students in the Home Link program are able to focus on skills and interests that keep them motivated with school work. In addition to core academics, students can take enrichment classes in the arts, such as piano, guitar, music, culinary arts, leather tooling, sewing and photography. Fitness classes are also available, including karate and self-defense. Life skills are also emphasized along with the standard academic options. Students have completed first-aid training, lifeguard certification and fire science training. These are just a few of the areas that students take interest in.

Independent Scholar staff members appreciate the time that parents dedicate to teaching their children at home.

“It is a long-term commitment and provides great rewards as students are able to be instructed in the comforts of their own home,” staff member Janet Kemp said.

“Recently, the high school students attended a college tour at SCC to learn more about career and technical training programs. It was a great time for students to ask questions of the college staff about various vocations. With the state’s pledge to provide college for targeted eighth-graders, there are many opportunities to make college dreams come true,” Kemp said.

The Independent Scholar Program meets all the state academic requirements for students to receive a high school diploma. Several students will be graduating June 6 and moving on to careers and further training.

Janet Kemp also reported the students and teachers had a wonderful time at the yearly Mother’s Tea, Fine Arts Show and Piano Recital on May 13.

“It was heartwarming to see students of all ability levels play their very best piano numbers for their mothers,” she said.

The “Thrive by Five” preschool program is focused on getting children ages 3-5 ready for kindergarten and providing a fun and safe environment. Students meet once a week for two hours. Parents may participate in the classroom, if desired.

If you would like more information about the Home Link programs, call Janet Kemp or Diana Bostrom at (509) 464-8478. Riverside School District also offers two other preschool programs: the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program for income-eligible students and the Riverside Pre-school Program for students with delayed abilities. You can contact the elementary schools to obtain more information about these two programs: Chattaroy Elementary at (509) 464-8250, and Riverside Elementary at (509) 464-8350.

Contact correspondent Billie Martin by e-mail at

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