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Kids and school

I'm curious as to what children are expected to know before the enter preschool or kindergarten.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:33 PM on Feb. 7, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Someone posted this link recently. I found it very helpful...

    From what I've read from many sources, for preschool, it's not academic things they need to know. It's life things like dressing yourself (including a jacket) and using the bathroom without help.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 10:48 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

  • What is developmentally appropriate for Pre-K and Kindergarten kids is one thing and what is expected by school systems is totally another thing. What they need to know for both has been bumped up one grade level from what it used to be. Your state may be very different from other states. Check with your school systems board of education and ask for information about the expectations in your area. It is true that social skills are just as important to get a good start as knowing alot about academic things.

    Answer by LovetoTeach247 at 11:25 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

  • Before they enter pre-k...they're not expected to really know anything. They will work on letter recognition and writing, numbers 1-10, basic shapes and colors, basic math skills (relative concepts...big/little, long/short, etc) and basic social/self help skills. They'll work on recognizing and writing their name, learning their address and phone number, reading sight words (the, an, a, I, he, in, on, etc)

    Before starting kindergarten, they are just pretty much expected to know the preschool stuff but I don't think it's required.

    Check your school district website...some list the curriculum. That will give you an idea what they will learn in that given year.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 6:19 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • according the recent eval they just did on our preschooler b/f they leave preschool they are expected to know their letters and their sounds, be able to id beg. and ending sounds, count and recognize numbers up to 20, and most preschools also do the basic sight words.
    Also expected (even if crazy) is the ability to pay attention in large and small group situations, be able to follow 1 and 2 step directions, and follow routines and rules within the classroom

    Check your state/district website for more detailed developmental, academic etc. info.

    Answer by MamiJaAyla at 1:15 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

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