Some new kindergarten students are getting a head start on their first start in
The students are enrolled in a four-week program designed to provide them the
academic and social foundation necessary to a successful start.
"It gives students a sense of confidence as they go into kindergarten," said
Summer Start teacher Patricia Arcuri.
The program, designed in conjunction with UCS kindergarten teachers, is a
unique combination of learning and fun that gives students in the Class of 2025
exposure in material important to the first few weeks in a setting similar to
their new kindergarten rooms.
Children dictate stories, practice letters and number recognition and play
games that reinforce kindergarten skills.
For instance, a popular game in a Duncan Summer Smart Start program this year
is Fishing The Alphabet, where students hook a letter or phrase they have to
identify to continue the game.
Another popular activity is the Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom tree, a letter
recognition game based on the popular children's book.
A second session of the Summer Smart Start program is scheduled July 16
through August 9. The class is held in three-hour blocks, four times each week,
with convenient morning and afternoon sessions at both Burr Elementary and
For more information, contact Community Education at 586-797-6900.