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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pre-schoolers.....

QUESTION For all you moms out there......
At age 3.5 to 5 years old what do you think your child should know? I am trying to make sure that Kendall is ready for her 5 day a week pre-school class this upcoming September and DOUBLE BIG GULP Kindergarten in 2011.
I know that every child learns differently but I am just kind of curious on what y'all see as basics.
Any and ALL comments appreciated!!
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3 comments:

Rhonda said...

Hey...my youngest went to K this year...gulp! Here is a list of things they checked on before K.

*Counts in sequence 1-10
*Recognizes numbers 1-10
*Counts number of objects in a small group (up to 5)
*Identifies 3 basic shapes
*Identifies/points to 5 colors (red, blue, yellow, green, and orange)
*Identifies self as boy or girl
*Identifies age
*Separates from parents by appearing comfortable and secure without parent
*Writes name correctly
*Uses writing tool with control and intention
*Recognizes name in print
*Reproduces/copies -, 0, X, +
*Recognizes 10 alphabet

Hope that helps. That is a start. Caden (K) just learned to tie his shoes. I would add that to the list.

Kim said...

Rhonda had a great list. I was shocked that Mason learned to read in Kindergarten. They will learn a lot especially if they go all day. Alyssa will go to K this fall, sniff.

Anonymous said...

Jamie-

From a teacher's (almost!) perspective, remember that they DO NOT HAVE to know everything when they enter pre-school/kindergarten!The teacher is there to help them learn! They check things that your friend posted at K registration to get records that some students might not have, but once again, it's not necessary for Kendall to know all that beforehand! A lot of teachers get frustrated because they teach to read/write/work, etc. a certain way and when kids are in other habits it's hard to break!
Love you!!
Sarah

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