Penn High School has many fun and exciting classes in which students can enroll; one of these classes is Childhood Development. This class teaches students about how children grow and learn, but the students don’t just learn through a textbook. Instead, the students of Penn’s childhood development class host a unique program called Playschool.

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The Playschool program gives students a chance to plan and teach intellectual, social, and physical development lessons, getting a first hand look at the behavior of young children. The kids enjoy a variety of activities including reading, playing games, making crafts, and having a delicious snack. The students learn helpful ways to interact with kids. The teacher of all childhood development classes, Mrs. Wetzel, said, ”It helps students with their babysitting skills, and that student becomes a more mature person.”

Mrs. Wetzel  went on to say, “The students learn to observe effectively and discipline effectively.” Playschool is not only helping students now, but will help them with future jobs. A student in one of Mrs. Wetzel’s classes, Lexi Bavard (class of 2019), said she wants to become a pediatrician. “Childhood development class helps to prepare me for my future,” Bavard said. Overall, Playschool is a very beneficial program for the kids, the students, and the community.

Children ages 3 and 4 can participate in the hour-a-day Playschool, but they must be potty-trained. Playschool runs from April 13th to May 17th. If you are interested in enrolling a child in the Playschool Program, enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is also a fee of $10 per child. Checks are to be made out to Penn High School. For any further questions, contact Mrs. Wetzel at 574-259-7961 Ext. 20788 on weekdays or at any time.

By Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty teaches English and Mass Media Studies at Penn High School. He advises the Penn News Network and manages the PNN Studio and news room. For more information, navigate your browser to