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Preschoolers & Kindergartners What a fun time in life! Time to learn 123's and ABC's. At the same time, they're leaving that babyhood we'll miss so much!

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Old 01-23-2003, 06:44 PM
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Just a little personal information here....I am currently an early childhood education major, but worked in montessori and a private school program for 4 years before even starting to get my degree. It looks like there are two topics here really. I'll first address the original thread topic.

About the WRITING, if your 4 year old is in preschool or kindergarten already then he should be learning to write in school. One of the advantages to putting your child in a preschool program is that they are on the top of the class when they get into Kindergarten. Depending on where you live, however, most schools Kindergarten programs start their curriculum with the idea that a child does not know how to read or write. If the child does know how to do either, they are at an advantage but it's not necessary. These are things that a Kindergarten teacher teaches, so to answer your question, no your child is not behind. The fact that he is starting to write and knows his numbers up to 20 is great. That will give him an advantage in Kindergarten. The teacher will also teach the child the correct way to hold the pencil. But if you want and haven't already done so, you may want to buy him a big pencil. A small pencil is too hard for a child's young hands to manipulate when they are just starting to write. They sell fat pencils that are about as fat as a marker. Many kindergarten classes use these pencils at first as well. I have several sites that may be helpful to you that are what teachers use as their basis to what a child will learn in each grade level. Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] if you would like me to send you those links. I hope this info is helpful to you.


As far as the mother thinking of having your child SKIP A GRADE, don't do it! Especially at 4 years old. He is most likely coming into Kindergarten, and needs that first year to adjust. Even if he has previously been in a private school setting moving into Kindergarten is a huge adjustment! In Kindergarten your child learns to make social connections with other children that are in the same situation they are in. If he jumps into 1st grade, he is going to be coming into a classroom where the other children have already made their social connections. Your child will be younger than the other children, which can sometimes be a barrier with connecting with other children. Kindergarten is also probably the first truly structured class that your child will be in. In Kindergarten the teacher teaches the students how to behave at school (this is no longer daycare where they get to play all day!) and learn self-control. In first grade, the child is expected to already know how to behave and control their behaviors. So while your child may be academically ready to move ahead, really consider if your child will be socially ready to move up. Another thing that you should consider is that a test does not always test EVERYTHING. So while your child may have passed the test with flying colors, there may have been areas that were not covered that are taught in Kindergarten and will be expected to know in 1st grade. You may still decide to have your child skip a grade, but don't be suprised if your child has behavior problems or problems with working and connecting with other children. But then again, your child may do great and benefit from jumping ahead, but as an educator I would not recommend it.


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Kids need time to be kids. They go to school to learn or are homeschooled for the same purpose, they have learned heaps already and they need toime to develop the skills that will carry them. Believe me, for kids, play can be hard work!
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