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Move Up program gives South Side Elementary students a glimpse of their future, for some the past

Madison Mathews • May 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Although the desks might be smaller than they’re used to, South Side Elementary fifth-graders had no trouble returning to kindergarten Tuesday.

With building blocks, finger-paints and Play-Doh at their disposal, South Side’s fifth-graders returned to their roots, so to speak, during the school’s Move Up program, which gives students a glimpse of what the next grade level will be like.

While South Side’s other grades moved forward, the school’s fifth-graders, who are moving to the new Indian Trail Intermediate School next year, were sent back to the formative years of nap-time and show-and-tell.

It brought back memories for many of the students.

“It’s just amazing that we’re in fifth grade and it seems like yesterday we were in kindergarten. You don’t know how much you’ve grown,” 10-year-old Chloe Jones said.

Eleven-year-old Jerriah Love agreed, saying learning was just a bit more fun when they were doing it with Legos and picture books.

“Usually, you don’t get to do that in fifth and fourth grade. You always have to read, write, work and things like that, but when you were in kindergarten, you learned things but you had fun. We do that in fifth grade, but it’s not as fun as in kindergarten,” he said.

The morning was made even more special since Love, Jones and the rest of the fifth-graders will be leaving South Side behind next year.

The morning was fun for the other grades, too, as they got to experience what next year will be like.

Principal Amy Stover said this is the first time South Side has ever done the Move Up program. She decided to implement it this year in order to help kids with the transition.

“I decided that if we gave them a glimpse of the next grade that would alleviate some fears about the next grade level and they could meet their teachers. I thought this would help in August when they come back,” she said.

While it was success across the school, Stover said she was surprised that the soon-to-be sixth-graders weren’t “too cool” to return to kindergarten once again.

“They got right down with the baby dolls and Play-Doh and totally jumped right back into it. I think that’s the thing about kids — there’s that child always inside,” she said.

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