READY FOR WHAT LIES AHEAD: THE CLASS OF 2033!
Raising your hand; walking in line; knowing what it means to sit “criss-cross applesauce.”
Making sure students (and their parents) are prepared for those very first few days of school is the goal of Kindergarten 101, a kindergarten-readiness initiative being funded by Greenfield Central School Foundation and Purdue Extension—Hancock County.
K101 is a free, week-long summer program that targets children who have not been in day care or preschool, or who have not had social experiences to prepare them to start school. It teaches basic skills some parents might take for granted, such as having children focus on a task for 30 minutes or more, share with others and wait their turn.
The program completed its seventh year in 2018 and served over 30 students last summer. Held at one of Greenfield’s elementary schools, K101 helps the soon-to-be kindergarteners get accustomed to new surroundings.
That progress was perfectly illustrated a prior year, said school social worker Christy Harpold, when one girl cried on the first day of K101 but, by the time the school year started, was accustomed to the schedule.
After the program, she “walked in, no big deal,” Harpold said.
As a sponsor of K101, Greenfield Central School Foundation believes in the importance of preparing all students for the rigors of starting school. By giving these children a head start, K101 allows kindergarten teachers to spend more time on academics and less time on basic skills. It also helps identify students who may need extra help in the long run.
Building confidence for everyone involved is key, and GCSF is proud to help prepare these students and their parents for success.