The Lura M. Sharp Elementary School has welcomed nearly 20 fresh faces to its school.
The Incoming Kindergarten Summer Program that started July 15 accepts children with no prior formal education in the Pulaski Academy & Central School District.
Children in the program are identified through Head Start, TLC or spring kindergarten screening appointments. It is a district funded program, formerly known as Success by 6.
The initiative ensures that children under the age of six enter school prepared to be successful throughout the years that follow.
Children in the four week program meet Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon until Aug. 8. Free transportation is provided, which also helps students familiarize themselves with riding a bus. Students are also served breakfast and lunch daily.
The summer program utilizes an actual kindergarten classroom that children may find themselves in as kindergarteners themselves in the fall. Students are instructed by certified Kindergarten Teacher Stephanie Allen.
Each day children participate in structured activities, learn about school basics such as school wide expectations and hallway behavior and socialize with their peers. Allen introduces new technologies to the preschoolers, like interactive SMART Boards.
The students also work on their fine motor skills, which include coloring, cutting and gluing. “Go slow and take your time, it will be your best work,” said Allen, to her class during an art project.
Children leave the program having a routine and knowing their way around the school, which makes for a smoother transition into kindergarten. Classroom time before the start of the school year helps the new students build skills and gets them acclimated to a new routine.