Monday, June 20, 2011

Hop, Skip and JumpStart at Christel House Academy

Christel House Academy’s incoming kindergarteners are getting a head start for a successful first year of school thanks to a grant from the Junior League of Indianapolis.  During the four-week JumpStart program, early childhood educators prepare students for the expectations of full-day Kindergarten.

“Many of our incoming children lack the skills needed to do kindergarten work,” says Principal Carey Dahncke.  “This JumpStart gives them a solid foundation for learning.”

Each day, students identify and practice the alphabet and numbers up to 10, learn to write their first name, become familiar with simple shapes and colors and learn to successfully separate from their family members.  Students receive breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack and also participate in recess and special offerings including Spanish, PE, music and art.

The Junior League of Indianapolis recently chose to focus their grants and volunteer efforts on improving reading skills in pre-school through elementary-age children. This grant is a part of that effort. “Our League members chose to focus on reading because we felt it would have an immediate and lasting impact in the lives of the children served, as well as the Indianapolis community,” said outgoing JLI President, Cece Gerdenich. “The Christel House Academy’s JumpStart program was a great fit for our new focus.”

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