‘Ready To Start’ Gives Students Preschool Experience


Starting tomorrow, the Sioux Falls School District will be out for the summer.
But some parents should think about prepping their students for next year right now. 

Mrs. Naasz’s kindergarten class is one day away from summer but student Morgan Maunu is remembering what he learned these past several months. 

“10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100,” Maunu said. 

Maunu is a solid student. His teacher is hoping to get more next year and says a summer program called Ready To Start can help. 

Naasz says she sees several students every year with little to no experience and she says she can notice a difference.

“Those kids who have had some preschool experience or the Ready To Start, have had some exposure to the structure of kindergarten. The walking in a line, getting along with other kids, being able to listen and talk about different things and do that conversation. Those conversational skills,” Naasz said. 

Ready To Start takes place at Laura B. Anderson, Hawthorne and Hayward. Parents can contact the Early Childhood Programs Coordinator to see if their kids qualify for the free education. There are six teachers leading six classes with about 12 students in each. 

“It’s a wonderful program. There are a lot kids who make a lot of growth in that short five weeks in being ready to go into the kindergarten setting,” Naasz said. 

Even though classes are ending this year, it’s already time to start thinking about next year. 

Ready To Start is sponsored by the United Way. It costs more than $60,000 to teach roughly 90 students. It runs from July 9 through August 9. 

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