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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • First day of kindergarten, 2014

  • Tuesday was the first day of kindergarten for the Redwood Valley High School class of 2027, and some students were having more trouble making the transition than others....
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  • “I want my mom! Where’s my mom?” a boy kept insisting in Mrs. Jorgenson’s class Tuesday morning. It was the first day of kindergarten for the Redwood Valley High School class of 2027, and some students were having more trouble making the transition than others. There’s more to school than just learning ABC’s. There’s that whole “interacting with others” stuff, too. Much of Tuesday was spent teaching the new school children such basic skills as, say, how to behave in school in the first place. “What have you learned in school so far today?” Mrs. Jorgenson asked the assembled students at one point. A number of kids shouted out answers. “How to have lunch!” said one. Mrs. Jorgenson pointed out one boy holding his hand up. “Where the library is!” he said. “Very good,” said Mrs. Jorgenson. “You see? Teachers choose students who raise their hands.” A few metaphorical light bulbs went on over students’ heads. Mrs. Jorgenson also had the students review a few other skills they had learned so far. “How to sit criss-cross applesauce,” said one. “How to be quiet,” said another. “How to walk in line,” said a third. Out in the hallway, Mrs. Mohr was showing her kindergarteners how bathroom breaks would go. The boys and girls lined up by gender, then went into the bathrooms four at a time while the others waited in the hallway. When they were finished, the students returned, washed their hands, and got in line for the drinking fountain. One thirsty boy, not seeing any reason not to, budged to the head of the line and bent over to take a drink, like he would do at home. Mrs. Mohr gently pulled him back. “No, there was a line here before you. You need to take your place in the back.” In addition, the students went outside on their first practice fire drill, and how to play during recess. Getting onto the proper bus was a whole other lesson. Many of the skills necessary to be good students have to be taught, and aren’t naturally second nature for human beings. The first few days of kindergarten are where many children are exposed to them for the first time.

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