We are thrilled to share the next post in our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) summer blog series. Up next, we’d like to introduce Sarah Breen, a Round Lake educator, sharing her experience as a KCC teacher this summer.
What is your role at Kindergarten Countdown Camp?
I’m a kindergarten teacher this summer for Kindergarten Countdown Camp. I have planned and implemented lessons I’ve created as well as instructed students that haven’t had previous school experience.
What benefits does Kindergarten Countdown Camp have for the children and families attending?
Kindergarten Countdown Camp has provided students with no preschool experience the opportunity to have exposure to school before the start of kindergarten. These students get to experience what the beginning of school will look and feel like when they enter kindergarten in the fall. It gives students the opportunity to learn academic skills, basic routines and independence. In addition, their families get to experience what it will be like once their child goes to school full-time.
Why is it important for children to be on track and ready to learn when first starting kindergarten?
Kindergarten has changed in so many ways over the years. Kindergarten students at RLAS-116 attend a full-day program, which provides them with an opportunity to participate in special classes (art, music, physical education, and STEM), lunch/recess, and a lot of transitions throughout the year. Having this jump-start through the Kindergarten Countdown Camp provides students with the foundation to start the school year off better prepared for a successful school year, both socially and academically.
What obstacles and challenges do children and families in our community face that prevent children from being prepared for kindergarten?
I believe one reason our children are not prepared for kindergarten is that parents may lack the information and resources that outline what skill level their child should possess prior to entering kindergarten. In addition, there are limited opportunities for affordable preschool experiences for families in our community. These obstacles contribute to a lower readiness level for students entering kindergarten.
What does education mean to you?
I believe education is the foundation for everything in life; it’s the entryway to success. It helps us explore our own thoughts and ideas. It prepares us for the future. Without education, we wouldn’t be able to experience all that life has to offer. I LOVE my job! I love educating my students and watching them grow and develop. Watching my students finally understand and grasp a new concept or create something they never could before gives me a feeling of extreme accomplishment. That feeling is unimaginable! It’s how I know that my involvement in a child’s educational experience has made such a significant impact. Education is the beginning of everything around us!
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