Kindergarten Camp

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

July 17, 2006

New kindergartners at one Charlottesville school got a sneak-peak at their new school. The newbies gave up one of their vacation days to learn the basics during kindergarten camp.

What a lovely picture: Parents, teachers, and students working together for one common goal. Everything is pretty until the 5-year-olds start to move away from familiar faces.

"The first thing they have to do in kindergarten camp is to separate from their parents, and we get to see how they are with that; if they are able to make that adjustment, and to do that pretty quickly," said Greenbrier Elementary School Principal Faye Giglio.

Helping them to adjust is the ' 5th Annual Kindergarten Camp' at Greenbrier Elementary School. It gives about 50 kindergartners, broken into groups, a feel for what is expected of them at school.

"It's everything that is important to know about for the first day of school, so it is different highlights of a typical school day," added Giglio.

The campers went over rules of the classroom, learned how to walk in a line, created camp t-shirts, and learned how to carry their lunch trays. They also got to meet new friends. Mom and dads get the opportunity to meet the school's staff and other parents.

"But, the biggest part of kindergarten camp is for the kids. To be able to see where they are going to be, and to meet other kids that are going to be in their class when they get here." said Kindergarten Parent Mike Folgers.

Which reaches the goal of dropping the anxiety level usually seen when going to school for the first time in August.

The camp continues all week long with a different group of kindergartners each day. No word if the kids were assigned any homework.

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