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Fun Mixes With Learning At Tot Time
Tot Time advisor, Joye Thompson, is shown here going over a lesson using a calendar to teach the kids about days in a week and numbers where this little tot guessed the correct number of the day and entered it into the slot. VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS


On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings between 9 a.m. and noon at the end of High Street in Riverbank, you may hear some giggling, singing, and see some energetic kids participating in a variety of activities.

The City of Riverbank offers a four-week session, three days a week of Tot Time which is a preschool program for children between the ages of three to five that are potty trained.

Currently there are 13 tots participating in the class that started on Aug. 10 and this session will continue through Wednesday, Sept. 2. Each session is $75 and space is currently available for more youngsters to attend the session that is under way.

Tot Time staff members, Joye Thompson and Valorie Franco have several activities planned for the participating students like crafts, singing, free play, storytelling, sharing, computers and educational lessons.

On Tuesday, Aug. 18 the kids arrived and had a little free play time and then took a seat on the carpet to go over the calendar which included the days of the week, numbers, and the day’s current weather.

Franco then gathered the kids for circle time and sang the “Good Morning” song and walked around in a circle releasing energy and getting the wiggles out for the next activity.

The staff and students were singing songs and learning the letters of the alphabet, as well as colors, and shapes.

Every Wednesday is a “Sharing day” if time permits where the kids can bring something from home to show and tell during circle time.

Today, Wednesday, is crazy socks day and next Wednesday is wear your favorite hat day.

This is Franco’s first Tot Time session although she has been working for the city for about a year.

“I love it (Tot Time),” said Franco. “We are shaping lots of little personalities.”

The sessions are held at the Scout Hall, 3017 High St., in Riverbank Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information on Tot Time call the City of Riverbank’s Parks and Recreation Department at 209-863-7150.