I'm sending my baby off to kindergarten in a week. She's excited, but I'm really anxious. (Not letting her know that, of course.) Most of my concern comes from the fact that I looked at the list of what kids are supposed to know before they enter kindergarten, and my daughter is lagging on a lot of this stuff. She can recognize letters and numbers, shapes, colors, etc. But she isn't reading sight words, or even souning out words by the letters. She can write most letters when she wants to, but she's supposed to know about capital letters at the beginning of sentences and punctuation at the end, writing down ideas--yeah, sure. In fact, she's resisted learning to read for some reason I can't even begin to fathom. She knows the letters, but if you ask her to put them together into words--unless there's an immediate reason for her to do so like she wants the jug of soap bubbles an has to identify it--she'll say she doesn't know how to spell yet and get upset if you push her. She likes being read to and telling stories out loud. She can count to twenty-nine, not to a hundred like the list says.
She's really bright, has a good speaking vocabulary, fine social skills with other kids and following directions, stuff like that. We've always read to her, taken her on outings to the zoo, done crafts and science type activities at home, exposed her to as many new experiences as we could, so I thought we were preparing her well. I wasn't too worried till I read this list, but now I'm kind of freaking out because if all the other kids know this stuff, she's not going to start out on a very good footing. My boyfriend says not to worry about it, a lot of kids probably don't know everything on that paper--but he tends to take laissez-faire to extremes. Is my little girl going to be completely out of her depth? What can I do at this late moment? I'm feeling like the worst mom in the history of mom-hood right now.
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