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What should a kindergardener know starting off the school year?

What kinds of things should a kindergardener know starting off the school year? I want to give him the best advantage possible and would like to give him a head start! :)

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:35 PM on Jan. 30, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • The letters by site and the sounds they make... the ability to count to 10 (accurately counting something)
    read LOTS of books esp those silly Dr Seuss books
    visit it is the best it is soo good my dd K teacher is using it LOL! and she's been teaching for 25 years


    Answer by MELRN at 7:38 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • They should know how to write the alphabet, both upper and lower case. They need to be able to write their first name starting with a capital letter and the rest in lower case. They should be able to tell your their address, phone number and their parents names (not 'mommy' and 'daddy'). Also how to count to at least 20.

    Answer by slw123 at 7:40 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • that is a little much for the start of kindergarten that is what they should know at then end of kindergarten, sorting by shape and color is also a good thing to they learn how to write letters in kindergarten so that isn't needed but it won't hurt. Sight words, and non complex sentences, also hop on one foot, skip stuff like that. BTW I was a kindergarten teacher.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 7:44 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • I didnt know how to write at all in kindergarten...have things changed that much? My son starts school this year and he can count to 100, do simple math.....adding 2+2.....subtracting 3 from 5....he can recite the alphabet, knows lots of songs, can tell you how to spell his name, knows mommy and daddy's names and can hold a clear conversation. He's an incredibly intelligent boy but his handwriting skills are not very good. I think that he'll be fine when he goes to kindergarten, he knows how to follow directions and to respect his elders.

    Answer by LynnB1 at 7:49 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • . . . and thus the push for the "need" for preschool. the ever increasing emphasis on earlier and earlier academics is NOT resulting in better long term results, just frustrated kids and parents. some kids just aren't ready for reading, writing or abstract math skills until they are seven or so, and pushing such a kid to do what they are not prepared to do can discourage kids and burn them out/ turn them off to school.
    counting isn't actually the only/first numeracy skill. kids also need to know directional/quantitative/comparative terms such as over/behind/more/less, be able to sort by different attributes (shape, color, size) be able to recognize patterns, one to one correspondence.

    here's a site discussing pre-math concepts:

    Answer by autodidact at 8:27 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • I think that it depends on the school. My daughter attended an elementary school with an entrance exam; students need to be able to read, know the days of the week and the months of the year, count at least to 20 (might have been 100, it was a long time ago). Check with the school you child will attend.

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:04 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • Kindergarten has changed significantly since we were kids. If you want your child to be truly ready for Kindergarten, practice identifying letters and sounds. Read, read, read and ask your child questions about what you read ( you read to them at this point). For example: Why is ____ happy? or What do you think will happen next? Ask : What happened in the beginning of the story? After such and such? At the end? Also, when you point or run your finger under the words of the title and sentences as you read, your child will begin to pick up on the concept of spoken words to print. Play rhyming games and read nursery rhymes and rhyming books like Dr. Seuss. Your child should be able to at least write the letters of his name, know his first and last name, address, and phone number. Also practice counting to 10 then to 20 ect; Have your child name basic shapes and count objects to at least 5.

    Answer by chocaholic888 at 11:19 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • when my daughter started kindergarten, she had to be tested, so they could figure out what class to put her in, (theres 4 different kindergarten classes) the test involved writing her name, saying the alphabet, knowing the sounds, counting to 10, identifying both numbers and letters, knowing her shapes, farm animals, and colours. and simple patterns.

    Answer by alexis_06 at 2:16 PM on Jan. 31, 2010

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