WHAT IS Kindergarten Countdown camp?
Kindergarten Countdown Camp is a free four week summer camp. This camp is designed to prepare children with little to no preschool experience for their new roles as kindergarten students. The program piloted at Miller Elementary during the summer of 2011. The camps are taught by licensed, experienced teachers and take place in a school setting. Campers attend school for half a day and adjust to the routines and procedures of kindergarten in order to help them transition into school.
Students who attend Kindergarten Countdown Camp will:
- Eat a free healthy breakfast or lunch daily
- Be transported to and from school each day on the school bus
- Receive a book every week
- Receive a book bag and school supplies for students to use in Kindergarten
Parents reported their children gained new skills at camp including:
- Writing their names
- Learning the alphabet
- Tracing and cutting lines
- Socialization skills
"I think it’s a wonderful way for students to become more comfortable in the school environment and to make new friends before they come to school. It gives them that emotional support that will make it a lot easier to transition to a full day kindergarten class." - Kindergarten Countdown Camp teacher
"I feel camp gave parents a better idea of what they can help their children in preparing for Kindergarten such as writing their name, letters/numbers writing, sight words, etc." - Parent of camper