Moms enjoy craft, snack time with daughters, sons

Cary Ashby • May 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM

WILLARD — Five-year-old Aiden Echelberry had a big smile as he enjoyed a M&M cookie with his mother, Haleigh Reed.

Meanwhile, Leo Villanueva, 4, and his mom, Gabriela, worked on painting a flower.

“He went from not talking much to talking up a storm. I’ve been happy with the work they’ve been doing,” Gabriela Villanueva said, referring to her son’s time in preschool.

After snacks and craft time, Eden Knable, 5, settled into a rocking chair. Her mother, Jane, sat, on the carpet and had a picture book read to her.

Thursday was a time to celebrate Mother’s Day early in the Willard preschool program. The teachers call the annual event Mother’s Day Sweets. Teacher Renee White said she is glad to see the moms get involved and see what their children are doing.

“I love seeing them all together,” said Reed, whose son is in his second year at preschool. 

Her son can say the alphabet and spell his full name.

“Even that long last name,” his mother said with a chuckle.

Students from the fifth-grade visit the classrooms to assist the preschoolers.

Katelyn Green helped 5-year-old Aubrey Brown with her painting Thursday. Green said she sometimes reads to the preschoolers and while she isn’t there often, she enjoys being around the younger children.

This is the first year in preschool for Knable, who beckoned her mother to the reading area after they finished painting.

“I hope she’s doing better with playing with others because she’s an only child. That was my goal this year,” her mom said. 

“I come in as much as I can. I like to see her intertact with other kids.”

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