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April 12, 2013

Getting to the basics: Camp Kindergarten teaches parents, kids about first year



Jessica Lord said she has twins who are already in school, but there are things parents don’t consider even after enrollment is finished.

“My No. 1 suggestion is to get involved with the school as much as possible,” Lord said. “The teachers know you better and you get better communication.”

Tara Gagel also has a child already in school, but she said sometimes it’s important to look beyond ABCs and 123s.

“I think the biggest transition is that you are so focused on the academic side that you forget about the social aspects of their life,” Gagel said. “It’s a big transition for them because it’s like nothing they’ve ever done before.”

She said while children in preschool often have more instructors, a class of 24 kindergartners might have one teacher managing all of them.

She said giving children a little more independence and responsibility before they come into a classroom could be very helpful.

But Lily Forster still said when it’s time to go home, kids need to know when their number has been called at the end of the day.

“If you don’t know your bus number, you might get on the wrong bus and it might take you to a stranger’s house,” Forster said. “That would be bad.”

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