Karin Bradshaw January 13, 2021 Kindergarten Worksheet
Next, some parents believe that the additional child-parent "quality time" available when a child is in half-day kindergarten is of more benefit than all-day kindergartens additional academics. These parents prefer to spend the additional time with their children bonding and visiting destinations such as the childrens museum, the zoo, a local park, or the YMCA. For these parents the kindergarten year represents a way of preparing their child, and frankly themselves, for the transition to all day school. And on a local level, some parents have expressed concerns that our schools are too crowded to allocate additional classrooms to all-day kindergarten sections. Others have claimed that the district has too much on its plate right now resolving other fiscal and practical issues. As my husband and I often say to each other, "the truth is somewhere in the middle." It is my perspective that all-day kindergarten is certainly the right choice for some while being inadvisable to force upon others. Some kids will benefit in the long run from the additional academic rigor, while other kids lack the maturity to stay engaged for the entire day and will be frustrated by it. The best solution is to have both options available, with the choice ultimately being left to the parent(s).
Connect The Letter To The Correct Sound/Word: These are activities where you draw a line between a letter and the picture items that start with that letter. For instance, youd draw a line from the letter A to the word "Apple" and the letter L to the word "Lemon". This activity is good, but takes a lot of monitoring to make sure that students are correctly connecting the letters. Its best as a homework activity, where parents can help to make sure their children are correctly connecting the letters to the words. Letter Books: These are books that frequently use the same phonemes over and over so students can understand them (the link between a letter and the sound it makes). For instance, "Baby bear bounced balls".
Children who struggle in a traditional learning environment can also get great benefit from digital learning games. Interactive platforms provide a fun way to learn without fear of failure and give rewards that are in line with what is being learned. Through games, your child can gain the confidence he or she needs to approach math concepts that once seemed impossible. This confidence helps improve school performance and can lead to more positive participation in a classroom environment. Individually Catered Unlike basic school curriculum, digital learning games can be designed to move at your childs pace. Many games feature levels that build upon each other, so your child doesnt have to sit through lessons that he or she has already mastered. Instead, each level of the game increases in difficulty depending on how well certain ideas have been grasped. This creates a custom learning environment catered to the pace your child feels comfortable with. Without the stress of worrying about being left behind or the boredom that can result from having to wait to move on, kids can work at the speed they prefer and learn in a way thats just right for them.
Sight Word Bingo - This is perhaps the main version of bingo suitable for younger kids. In this case, the bingo cards are printed with words, most often sight words (these are common words that kids must learn to recognize as they can not easily be sounded out - teachers have lists of these, such as the Dolch sight word list). In sight word bingo, the teacher reads out a word, students then look for that word on their bingo card. 3. Phonemic Awareness Bingo - This version of bingo may be too hard for the youngest children, but is a logical next step after sight word bingo. In this case, we go back to use bingo cards with letters, but the teacher reads out words, and the students task is to recognize the sound of the first letter and find the corresponding letter-square on their bingo cards.
Economic pressures might mean that you cannot afford a very expensive kindergarten graduation gift but be aware that it is mostly the thought is what counts in these circumstances rather that the belief that you are giving the best that you can. If your child has been well brought up they will be able to understand that things are not as good as you would like them to be and they will accept your kindergarten graduation gift in good faith. What you cannot afford to accept is the individuality of that child under the Montessori system because this will determine how you choose and give out the gift. There is an expectation that the parent will give the best kindergarten graduation gift. Do not disappoint the children by consistently coming short.
Understanding Basic Skills There are basic skills every kindergartner needs to know before starting the school year. While the first portion of many school years is used to review basic concepts, teachers quickly move on to new subjects, assuming most children have had plenty of exposure to the basic concepts, including letter and number recognition. The ultimate goal in kindergarten is to get children ready to read, which takes a great deal of time. Teachers typically move on when a majority of the class is ready to learn the basics of reading. If your child is left behind, it could leave him behind for the rest of his school career.