School districts are conducting Pre-K and kindergarten registrations for next year. In Nacogdoches, Wednesday evening is the big Roundup Day. Brooks Quinn Jones Elementary principal, Rachel Johnson said, " We're really encouraging our parents to register the kindergarten students so we can be prepared because we always have to end up adding a kindergarten class district wide, two or three classes, because they weren't registered in the spring. " Parents should bring their child's birth certificate, social security card, immunization record, and proof of residence. For Pre-K registration you'll also need proof of income. In addition to the registration there will be a free immunization clinic during the same hours as the Round Up, 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. on Wednesday at Brooks Quinn Jones Elementary.
Time and time again educators have shown how Pre-K and Kindergarten instruction provide a strong learning foundation for children. Those reading skills at age five and six are directly attributed to Pre-K instruction. Kindergarten teacher, Maylene Neal said, " We're able to go ahead and start working on other sounds and actually get into reading and we found out children who attend Pre-K know their colors. They know their shapes, so a lot of their math concept area already there. They've already formed the foundation. "
Despite the benefits, Pre K is offered only to low income children. Even kindergarten remains an option in the state of Texas. However, teachers highly recommend Pre K and kindergarten. Most parents are following the advice.
Next year children will benefit from full day Pre-K instruction.Pre-K teacher Shakendra Hewitt knows how to utilize the time. She explained, " A large block of our time will be devoted to centers and that's where Pre-K kids get most of their learning time, in center time, because we want things to be playful, purposeful and planful. "