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A new experience: Children register for kindergarten

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Diana Bueno practices writing her name while waiting with her mother, Aurora Miranda, left, for kindergarten registration on Thursday afternoon at Corley Elementary School in Lawrenceville.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Diana Bueno practices writing her name while waiting with her mother, Aurora Miranda, left, for kindergarten registration on Thursday afternoon at Corley Elementary School in Lawrenceville.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Julissa Salazar is ready for August.

That's when she'll be starting kindergarten at Corley Elementary School in Lawrenceville, where her older brother is currently in fourth grade.

When asked what she thinks she'll learn about in school, Julissa listed a few topics: "Colors. Reading. Drawing."

"She loves to learn," said her mother, Kimberly Silverman.

Parents of rising kindergartners visited schools throughout Gwinnett County on Thursday to register their kids for the upcoming year. While parents filled out paperwork, teachers at many schools administered brief screenings to students to find out what they know and what they still need to learn.

After her screening, Diana Bueno was nervous, because she didn't know many answers. She said she's pretty sure she'll learn how to read and write and count numbers in kindergarten. She also thinks sleep and play will be part of the day.

While some parents have been through the registration process with older children, many at Corley were signing up for kindergarten for the first time.

"It's a new experience," Esther Kalamba said. "I've never done this before."

Kalamba said the registration process was "great," and the school staff was helpful. She said she's planning to use some workbooks the school gave her with her daughter, Faith.

"We'll work her brain while she's on vacation," Kalamba said.

While entering kindergarten can be an exciting time, it can also bring up a well of emotions with many parents.

"I'm excited. I'm sad. I'm overwhelmed, because this is my first child," Vanilla Earl said while filling out registration forms for her son, Andrew. "It's exciting that he's finally growing up, but sad because he's not my baby anymore."