A KOTA Territory school district is giving parents with kids not quite ready for kindergarten another option.
Sheridan County School District One will offer free "classic kindergarten" classes at its Big Horn and Tongue River Elementary Schools this fall. Administrators say they saw similar programs work in other districts.
Classic kindergarten is aimed at kids who turn five during the summer months and aren't quite ready for the rigors of regular kindergarten just yet.
"I think most people, if they looked at kindergarten now would see it as being more of a first grade program compared to when we went to school. Our kindergartners now, by the end of the year are expected to read. they're expected to write," said Tongue River Elementary principal Deb Hofmeier.
Gina Melger, who is also a fourth grade teacher at Tongue River Elementary, says she was planning on sending her daughter back to preschool for another year before the classic kindergarten was announced.
"I knew that that would be the perfect transition from the preschool that she'd already completed. It would be a good go-between that and regular kindergarten," said Melger.
Parents can choose between a half-day or full-length school day for their kids.