It's a right of passage for youngsters as they leave their parents behind and enter the world of academia.
For some the first day of kindergarten is a rough experience but a summer program hopes to ease the pain.
Monday is the first day of Kindergarten Kamp 2013 for 100 students getting a jump start to see what school is going to be like.
The camp, now in its 5th year has been recognized on a state level for its innovative techniques and the measurable difference it has made in children's lives in the Lima community.
Children that have attended Kindergarten Kamp have consistently scored higher on assessment tests than children you have not participated in the camp.
The day started with a parent breakfast to ease the children into a day of learning. This year's them is "All about Farms".
The students will also learn what is expected of them in the classroom this fall.
Such as raising their hands to ask questions and not talking while the teacher is speaking.
Kindergarten Kamp is a collaborative effort of the United Way of Greater Lima, Lima Allen County Council on Community Affairs Head Start, Lima City Schools, Allen County Family and Children First Council and the Allen County Chamber of Commerce.