Kindergarten Countdown Camp: Rosa Herrera
Up next for our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) summer blog series that kicked off in Waukegan on June 19th, we have Rosa Herrera, our Success By 6 Initiative Coordinator, sharing her reflections of KCC and its impact on the children that attend.
Our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) is in full swing! Kindergarten is an important first step for students to have a successful educational career and KCC aims to prepare students with core skills needed. Children learn the application of language, fine motor, gross motor, social and emotional skills needed to create a smooth transition to Kindergarten. We have seen an immense growth amongst our students thanks to the support of teachers, volunteers and interns.
What are the teachers’ role in Kindergarten Countdown Camp?
KCC teachers have played an instrumental role in creating an environment that stimulates growth and development. They instruct students on foundational skills such as letter recognition, counting and rhyming to constructing positive social relationships that fosters community building and interpersonal development. Their implementation and application of games, toys, art, music, amongst others complements the learning of literacy and mathematical skills. Their passion and love for teaching is demonstrated each day; offering enthusiasm while encouraging children to explore with curiosity.
Do you think Kindergarten Countdown Camp is making an impact on the children that attend?
The students’ growth is evident and is displayed in areas such as writing, counting, and letter recognition. Everyday students demonstrate growth by reciting the alphabet, recognizing primary shapes and colors, writing their name, and many more. There is an increased participation and involvement from all students leading them towards grasping key skills needed to becoming successful kindergartners. Ultimately, with this solid foundation, current KCC students will have a greater chance of achieving their education and lifelong goals. Preparing them to become our future workforce, citizenry and future leaders.