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Kindergarten Boot Camp gives parents, kids leg up
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Kindergarten is serious business.

Robert Folghum pointed that out when he wrote that “all I need to know I learned in kindergarten.” That is exactly the line he used as the title of his best-selling book which catapulted the Unitarian Universalist minister to fame and fortune.

So, how important is kindergarten? One point of illustration – the Manteca Unified School District’s School Readiness Department is offering Kindergarten Boot Camp. Three sessions will be offered to both parents and their soon-to-be kindergarten children on Monday, July 30.

“Are you ready for kindergarten? Come with your child and find out!” announces the flyer from the school district.

Why a boot camp for parents and their children? The flyer explains why in three questions.

“Did you know…

“Homework is required in kindergarten?

“Your child will be expected to read by January?

“Parents are the biggest factor for K success?”

The flyer then goes to explain what parents can expect to learn from the kinder boot camp. They include knowing what kindergarten expectations are, learning various strategies that will make kinder homework fun for their young children, and acquiring tools and games for homework from the boot camp.” Each child participating will receive a K Boot Camp Homework Kit.

Attendance will be limited to 25 kindergarteners and parents per session. There will be child care available for parents’ other children while they attend the boot camp sessions.

Former kindergarten teacher, Angie Dudley, will be in charge of the sessions.

Available sessions are 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m., and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on July 30. Families can reserve a space now by calling (209) 858-0846.

Funding for the boot camp is provided by Manteca Unified and by First 5 San Joaquin.