Kindergarten is still a big deal, no matter how much day care or pre-school your child and your family has been to. For many parents the question of ‘is my child ready’ keeps popping up. Here are a few guidelines to look for that I look for during Kindergarten ‘round-up’ and the first few weeks of class. Remember that there are no hard and fast rules here, just a few ‘benchmarks’ to look for and work on. Every child really does develop at their own pace, and that truly is fine. Also, different school districts might have different ‘benchmarks’ that they look for. You may be able to find what your district is looking for on their website.
Even four year olds can appreciate music. Here are some ways to bring music into your child’s world.
Parents wonder whether their children are missing something by not attending kindergarten. Here are some things children learn from kindergarten to help parents decide whether or not the their children should attend.
It can be challenging for parents to know what knowledge is required for their children to start school. No one wants their child to be behind, before school even starts. Here’s a list of ten things that children should know before they start Kindergarten.
This is an Art lesson plan intended for kindergarten to second grade. It involves learning the color wheel, primary and secondary colors, but has a product in the end, a colorful fan, that will make the experience more meaningful for your little ones.
Here are free PDF worksheets which will keep children busy when they are indoors.
Avoid more Monday blues as your kids cry.
You should know a few things. This can be for higher grades as well.
New brain research reveals that the tasks taught in a typical kindergarten curriculum are not appropriate expectations for the brain of a typical five year old. Neither the language centers for reading nor the processing centers responsible for what we see as self-control are fully developed. The pressure for American education to improve is high and has led to the trend of pushing reading instruction in kindergarten instead of first grade, and changing from a half day to full day to accomplish that. This push has caused an increase in reading disabilities and behavorial issues and puts the successful education of our nation’s children at risk.
The trend to teach reading in kindergarten is an unreasonable expectation for five year olds because they do not have the maturity of brain function needed for reading. Certain, specific visual-processing learning problems arise, as well as problems in attention and motivation.