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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What Kindergarten Teachers Wish Parents Knew


Check out the Scholastic article entitled What Kindergarten Teachers Wish Parents Knew. I think I might be printing this out for our parent night before school starts. It is relatively short. :) Thanks to Jeri at Sparkle Markle's Kindergarten for sharing from her site.

Feel free to visit Jeri's blog. She's a new blogger and could use some support. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of her blog to see her adorable children, too!

7 comments:

  1. Great article. Thanks for sharing. I may have to make up something for our Parent night with this in mind.

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness

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  2. Jeri is adorable! Thanks for introducing us to her.

    I'm off to read the article! :-)
    ReadWriteSing

    PS: I just saw the scan square in your sidebar-- girl, you win an award for being SUPER tech savvy!

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  3. Thank you for sharing! With budget cuts at our school, we had no way of printing a large packet of things we wish parents knew. I wrote an e-book (more like an e-booklet) called, Are We Ready? It's all of the things I wish parents knew before sending their kids to me. It's available for free on my literacy blog. It's on the sidebar of the blog. Here's the link, if you are interested.

    http://lovelaughterandliteracy.blogspot.com/

    Becca

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  4. As a parent, this was something I got to see first hand. This is definitely somethings parents should know because most just treat kindergarten like a daycare drop off

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  5. As a parent i agree with most things on this list but i would like to know when you expect my family to sleep if we are going and doing all that stuff on the list. Not to mention how much money it costs to do some of that stuff.

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    1. I did not create the list, but thought it was very good for letting parents know that Kindergarten today is not the same as when we were in Kindergarten. Many people tend to have a view of Kindergarten based on what they experienced, which was mostly play and a general introduction to letters, sounds and numbers. Now, expectations are much higher and less emphasis is placed on social skills. By the end of Kindergarten, kids are expected to be reading, writing sentences, solving addition and subtraction problems fluently within 5 and so much more. Kids who come into Kindergarten with very little background knowledge of letters, sounds and numbers, as well as, pre-reading skills, are generally behind and have a difficult time catching up. I think that most of the things they mentioned should be done from birth on up, not just right before a child begins Kindergarten. However, that is just my opinion.

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  6. As a parent i agree with most things on this list but i would like to know when you expect my family to sleep if we are going and doing all that stuff on the list. Not to mention how much money it costs to do some of that stuff.

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