Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten

Kim Hines, Sarah Dunn, Marilyn Collins
Rising Kindergartners
June 17 – 28 • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
This camp is two weeks in length.
Bring a healthy snack and filled water bottle from home each day.
Lunch will be provided.
Campers will need to bring a towel for rest time.
Who wants to get ready for school? This camp has been developed to provide a taste of what Kindergarten will feel like for your child, with a focus on introducing basic reading and math skills.
We will use familiar nursery rhymes and fairy tales to introduce the children to many important reading skills, such as identifying familiar letters and sounds, looking at pictures for clues, tracking from left to right, pointing to text and matching our voices to the words we read. Familiar rhymes and stories will help develop your child’s confidence and eagerness to “have a go” at reading!
The math content of our camp is based on the book Let’s Play Cards: Games and Activities for Ages 3-100 by Nicola Byford and Frances Coleman. While the campers will think they are just having fun, they will really be strengthening their mathematical abilities: problem-solving skills, number sense, spatial skills, memory and much more. There are so many math skills that can be learned from a deck of cards!
We will also be visiting the library, creating art projects, playing at center time and getting to know the Lower School campus. Our camp will culminate in a celebration on the last day, when the children will be encouraged to come to camp dressed as their favorite nursery rhyme or fairy tale character. Parents will be invited to join us for the afternoon to read nursery rhymes and play cards. Each child will take home a book of rhymes and stories, plus a standard deck of cards and a copy of Let’s Play Cards.
Kim Hines graduated from Longwood University and is a National Board Certification candidate. She is a Kindergarten teacher at Collegiate and has been teaching for 11 years. Sarah Dunn graduated from James Madison University where she received her master’s degree in special education. Sarah is currently in her fourth year of teaching in Henrico County. Marilyn Collins graduated from Illinois State University where she received her degree in Special Education. She is endorsed in the following areas: Early Childhood Special Education, Early/Primary Education PREK-3 and Hearing Impairment PREK-12. She has been a teacher in Henrico County for 10 years and taught at Derbyshire Preschool for six years when her children were young.
For more information, contact Kim Hines at kimberly_hines@collegiate-va.org.