COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Borah Elementary is the first location in northern Idaho to offer a Total Communication preschool classroom that will serve deaf and hard-of-hearing children as they prepare for their educational futures.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports (http://bit.ly/2vMtTrm ) the preschool opens this school year.

Cortney Peters, who has been selected to teach the preschool, is an outreach/preschool teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing through the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind.

Peters will be using “Total Communication” in her instruction, a teaching style that incorporates all means of communication, including formal signs, natural gestures, body language, lip reading and American Sign Language.

The program is four days a week and is free and open to deaf or hard-of-hearing children in any North Idaho county.

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