Thursday, May 15, 2014
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Clayton News Daily
HAMPTON — Each year is the same. Parents drop off anxiety ridden children to begin a new school year with a new teacher, new classmates and, in some cases, in a new school.
Some struggle to make that transition simply because they are in new and unfamiliar surroundings, and that can affect their focus and academic achievement, said Dr. Wakea Brown, assistant principal at Eddie J. White K-8 Academy in Hampton.
Brown said the school’s summer transition program serves to eliminate those first-day jitters.
The school is hosting the program for rising kindergartners and sixth-graders July 21-24, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. daily.
She said the program is designed to mimic the regular school year environment. Students get classroom instruction and activities just as they would during the regular school year, and even take classes with their fall semester teachers.
Parents are invited to attend the first day for a parent-only transition workshop. About 100 parents participated in transition nights earlier this month, learning how they could help their children transition into the next grade and what to expect.
Brown added that another benefit to the program is that it offers a bridge to the gap of academic instruction students often experience during the summer months when they are not in the classroom.
For kindergartners, it is especially helpful in helping address skills they should have going into the school year.
“It gives our children an opportunity to get a first-hand look at the next grade-level,” she said. “Rising kindergartners get to spend a day in the life of a kindergartner.”