I just went to kindergarten orientation today and I was completely blown away. I thought my son was ahead of the curve based on what other kids were being taught in prek until today. The teachers told us that the children are expected to be reading when they go into kindergarten. I was like READING? HUH? I didn't learn to read until the last part of 1st and then again in 2nd grade. From the print out we got, they will also be doing addition and subtraction and some fractions and simple geometry. Geometry? Are you kidding me? I didn't take that till high school. I thought my son was doing great by writing letters by himself. Well, apparently he supposed to be writing words and by the end of the year he will have to be writing 3-4 word sentences on his own. AHHH! I can't believe this...And the worst part...they said NO CHUBBY pencils!! Ugh..
Is it just me or are they expecting WAY too much out of little kids these days?
Answer by vabchmommy at 5:09 PM on Jun. 9, 2009
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Answer by mom2twobabes at 5:10 PM on Jun. 9, 2009
I teach K too, and no we don't expect kids to read coming in. I'd love them to know letters and be able to write their own first name. That does not happen all the time. My son will start K in the fall, and he's not reading. You can check out your state's benchmarks on you state website in the education section. Kids do not have to go to school until age 6, legally so K is not mandatory (at least in MI) where I am. It is a pivotal grade, and I do feel K is the new 1st grade, but don't get to worried. Try out starfall.com for some learning-computer fun with your child.
Answer by Teachermom01 at 5:28 PM on Jun. 9, 2009
Well I opted out of Prek because he was ahead of all the other children in his class and he was extremely bored. I didn't want to waste 500/month for them to teach him nothing. I have taught him myself all year. I am not a teacher but I do have my BA in communications and this year I'll have my MBA. I created the "usual" and an advanced curriculum for him to learn this year. He writes his letters and numbers on his own, knows states and capitals and the general information about the solar system, bugs and plants. He's not even close to reading yet. We do phonics games and he watches leap frogs " letter factory", but he's having a hard time with it. His friend is the same age and he can't write letters at all and I know the prek that he was going to said they didn't have to write on their own until 1st grade. I know I wasn't the only shocked parent in that room today. I heard the "gasps" . lol
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