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2008-08-27 15:01:00

By ASHLEY KINDERGAN, STAFF WRITER ORADELL - A group of parents is concerned that kindergarten classes are going to be too large in the upcoming school year. District officials this month told parents that 88 kindergartners are expected to enroll in the district. Those students will be divided among four teachers, for an average class size of 22, school officials said. Some parents questioned whether that class size which is above the state average for kindergarten will hurt the...

2008-08-27 12:01:10

By Marge Eberts; Peggy Gisler Q: Help! My daughter will be starting kindergarten in two weeks. What can I do to make sure she enjoys this new experience? A: If your daughter has had a good preschool experience, chances are she'll enjoy being in kindergarten. Nevertheless, the first day of school goes much better if young children see some familiar faces in the classroom. Try to have play dates for her with a few of her future classmates. Plus, try to acquaint her with the school building...

2008-08-26 15:00:58

By Eileen M. Adams DIXFIELD - SAD 21 directors on Monday authorized the superintendent and elementary principal to negotiate an agreement for use of a section of the new school by the Head Start program. Superintendent Tom Ward and Dirigo Elementary School Principal Kathy Richard will meet with representatives of the Head Start program to try to get a pact for use of a kindergarten classroom at the new school in Peru two days per week. Ward said if successful, the district would allow...

2008-08-26 15:00:37

By Ann Bryant FARMINGTON - Ina Austin was adding last minute touches to her kindergarten room at Mallett School on Monday, even though it was pretty much prepared for the start of school in SAD 9 on Wednesday. "I made a pact with myself. I had told myself every day that it rained this summer I would go work at school. Well ...," she said, vowing anew that she wouldn't do that again. Little monkey faces, each bearing the name of one of her new 18 students, were being added to her bulletin...

2008-08-24 09:00:31

Booker T. Washington Elementary, Thursday ; kindergarten, 5-7 p.m.; Early start, 5-7 p.m.; grades 1 through 5, 4-6 p.m.; 934- 6226. Creekside Elementary, kindergarten and early childhood special education, 10 a.m.-noon Thursday ; grades 1 through 5, 1:30- 3:30 p.m. 923-4251. Driver Elementary, Thursday ; 9 a.m.-noon; grades 2-5. Elephant's Fork Elementary, Friday ; kindergarten, 9:30-11:30 a.m. with an 11 a.m. bus ride; grades 1 through 5, 1:30- 3 p.m.; Thursday , from 5-7 p.m....

2008-08-23 09:00:40

By RHONDA BODFIELD Teachers at one elementary school in Tucson are about to start making house calls. Every parent with a child enrolled in Drachman Montessori Magnet School will get a personal home visit from a teacher by the end of the first quarter. The school year starts today at Drachman, 1085 S. 10th Ave., and at other Tucson Unified School District schools. "It's going to change things in a positive way," Principal Jesus Celaya said as he explained his new home-visit initiative...

2008-08-21 21:00:30

By Paul Swiech BLOOMINGTON - A tool to help prepare 4-year-old children to begin kindergarten a year from now is available for free throughout McLean County. The 2008-2009 Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendar is for parents, grandparents and caregivers of 4-year-olds so they can prepare for kindergarten throughout the year. United Way of McLean County - in cooperation with school districts, social service agencies, governments and businesses - has developed and is helping to distribute...

2008-08-21 21:00:30

By Phyllis Coulter NORMAL - Second-grader Samantha Hill, wearing a pretty dress, waited with her mom for the school bus on Wednesday. What made her story a little different from almost 13,000 other Unit 5 students attending their first day of school? Her mom, Lashaw Brown, got on the bus, too, and together they went to Glenn Elementary School as part of a new program for parents. As soon as the bus arrived - driven by physical education teacher Colleen Moore and escorted by speech...

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2008-08-19 09:50:00

New research challenges a growing trend toward holding kids out of kindergarten until they're older, arguing that academic advantages are short-lived and come at the expense of delaying entry into the workforce and other costs. The findings show older kindergartners fare better academically largely because they learn more before starting school, not because age improves aptitude, said Darren Lubotsky, a University of Illinois economics professor who co-wrote the study. Older students post...

2008-08-18 18:00:38

Nearly 21 percent of U.S. 5-year-olds were not yet enrolled in kindergarten in 2002 but a researcher says the academic edge for those who were was doesn't last. Study co-author Darren Lubotsky, a University of Illinois economics professor, said the findings show older kindergartners post higher test scores than younger peers during the first few months of kindergarten, but their edge soon fades and nearly vanishes by eighth grade. The study, scheduled to appear in the Journal of Human...


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