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RC Pre-K students get taste of kindergarten

It was a fun Immersion for Pre-kindergarten youngsters at Ripon Christian Elementary School Wednesday morning as they greeted each other on the story time rug in Pam Huisken’s kindergarten classroom.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED April 11, 2013 1:51 a.m.

Children from pre-kindergarten classrooms at Ripon Christian Elementary School were taken on an hour-long orientation journey Wednesday morning in Pam Huisken’s kindergarten room.

One orientation was held in the morning, the other in the afternoon.

The boys and girls quickly learned the differences they can expect at the beginning of their next school year in August as they were prompted to what the teacher is going to expect in their listening, their imagination and quiet habits.

The morning was all about studying “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” through a presentation they had sitting on the story time rug in the corner of the classroom.  They learned how to make their own caterpillars out of construction paper and fruit – grapes, raisins and watermelon – and watched caterpillars turn into butterflies via the National Geographic on the Smart Board.

Some of the fruits ended up being eaten as it was being turned into an art piece.

“As kindergarten teachers, we wanted to give each child a small taste of what kindergarten will be like next year,” Huisken said.  We wanted them to experience our classroom setting, interact with us as teachers and most importantly see that kindergarten is so much fun!”

The school is hosting a kindergarten information night on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m., telling parents all about the kindergarten curriculum and the new day schedules.  Huisken and Amy Anema are planning to explain their expectations and their philosophies of education. 

Anyone interested in Ripon Christian kindergarten is welcome to attend the event and bring any questions.

“We believe that kindergarten is the building block of a child’ school career.  It is our goal as kindergarten teachers to create a structured, interactive, loving and fun classroom in which the children will grow and develop.

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