Youngsters complete Kindergarten Readiness Program

Photo by Amy Cherry - Debbie Freeburg, Dickinson Center, Inc. KRP facilitator, shown on the right, and Taylor Freeburg, Dickinson Center, Inc. KRP co-facilitator, on the left holding Dina Dinosaur, are pictured with one of the South St. Marys Street Elementary School Kindergarten Readiness groups inside the school library.
Amy Cherry
Staff Writer

The St. Marys Area School District’s summer Kindergarten Readiness Program (KRP) at South St. Marys Street Elementary School has come to a heart-warming, successful conclusion.
According to program organizers and facilitators the children were not only extremely cooperative in following safety guidelines, learning and social interaction were unhindered.
KRP helps acclimate students to their respective school and participants take part in lessons focused on school rules, phonemic awareness, letter recognition, literacy, fine and gross motor skills and math skills. Children also have the opportunity to meet some of their future classmates.
Students also enjoyed giving air high fives, air fist bumps, cooperative play continued at a distance as well as giving air hugs to the Dina Dinosaur puppet, part of the Incredible Years Classroom Dinosaur Curriculum which uses dinosaur-themed materials and life-size puppets to engage children and strengthen various skills. Dina has been a part of the Incredible Years program for 10 years. Dina along with program facilitators teaches students about school rules and how to do their best in school.
Students also interacted with Tiny Turtle who helps the children learn anger management coping strategies.