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Easing Kindergarten Fears

June 5, 2012, 5:03 PM by Nicole Winters

Easing Kindergarten Fears
HARTFORD, SD -

Kindergarten can be a scary transition for some kids; a new school, new friends, and a new routine can be intimidating. But one program in the West Central School District is making the transition a much easier one.

A ride to class on dad's shoulder gets the day off to a good start for a father and son who are both just starting to learn about kindergarten.

"Get him ready, get him used to the curriculum and the scheduling, get us ready probably," parent Casey Roth said.

"A lot of children who are transitioning into kindergarten have a lot of fears about going to kindergarten, sometimes even nightmares because they don't know what to expect," Kindergarten Teacher Lesely Wolles said.

To help ease some of the fears Wolles is showing the kids what school will be like during a week-long Kindercamp.

"Just explore and get to know the world of kindergarten," Wolles said.

Kindercamp is only five days long and is meant to give a taste of the kindergarten routine.  One parent says she also likes that it gives social interaction.

"The social aspect of fitting in and how to deal with all those kids," parent Belinda Prostrollo said.

Children learn to interact with each other, get to know their teacher and learn elementary school basics, such as listening and raising their hand.

"They are very busy, they keep things hopping all day long," Prostrollo said.

"This is a great time for them to meet new friends, get to know the school building and just get familiar with what kindergarten is all about," Wolles said.

And on just day two, it seems the kids are already feeling more comfortable.

"He's already telling me about all his new friends here," Roth said.

The experience helps children spend the summer excited about starting school, rather than feeling uneasy.

Wolles says the kids who attend the five-day camp tend to become leaders in the classroom in the fall.

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