JOPLIN, Mo. - A transitional kindergarten class catered towards students with late birthdays is coming to 3 Joplin schools this fall.
Officials say the new SOAR program for kindergarten-age students offers an opportunity for developmentally young children to prepare for the academic rigors of kindergarten in a small group setting.
The structure of the day in a SOAR classroom will be similar to that of a kindergarten classroom, but will focus the following:
- play-based activities to foster fine motor skills
- emotional maturity
- early literacy
In Missouri, students can enroll in a Kindergarten class as long as they are five years old before August 1, however, members of the district hope its new program will help children with later birthdays.
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