The kindergartners and first-graders bunch in close and fidget around, jockeying for the best position to listen to a children’s book about how to respect other people’s personal space.
The seven Creekside Elementary School students sit cross-legged, some of their knees touching each other as counselor Samantha Vidal welcomes them to Personal Space Camp. Each student needs a bit of extra practice at maintaining a personal bubble between themselves and others.
If you’ve ever had a conversation with someone who stands close to you, you know it’s a lesson that doesn’t always come naturally, no matter a person’s age.
Starting kindergarten puts kids in a social setting that not all 5-year-olds are ready for, especially if they haven’t spent a lot of time with people other than family members, Vidal said. What’s OK with a parent or sibling doesn’t always work in school.