Karin Bradshaw January 12, 2021 Kindergarten Worksheet
Do any quick research on the subject of grading in kindergarten and youll find lots of articles proclaiming kindergarten to be the new first grade. The latest report comes from researchers for EdPolicyWorks, the center on education police and workforce competitiveness at the University of Virginia. Researchers there say the increased emphasis on accountability led to meaningful changes in the kindergarten experience. So what does that mean? The researchers say they are seeing a transformation at the kindergarten level to where academic skill-building has become the focal point in kindergarten classrooms. Researchers go on to say that this really wasnt the case prior to the late 1990s.
But all-day kindergarten has its detractors as well. Academic research published by Rand Education, The Goldwater Institute, and other reputable institutions cites empirical studies which assert that the boost received by an all-day kindergarten student may be short lived, with much of the benefit dissipating within a few years. So, not surprisingly, there is valid research available to support both sides of the debate. However, in researching this topic we found that detractors cite plenty of practical objections that strike closer to home and resonate even more than academic research. First, many parents question whether their children (typically boys, whose psychological development takes a more roundabout path) are "ready" for all-day kindergarten. They have seen their children slowly adapt to the pre-school environment, which for the majority of kids translates into just a few hours a day, three days a week. They just dont foresee their child being able to transition to the larger time commitment of all-day kindergarten. For these parents, a half-day 5 day per week kindergarten seems a more logical way of bridging the gap from preschool to elementary school.
Most of us tend to think of bingo as a game played mainly by older people, but today variants of the game can also be found in many schools and even kindergartens. The difference is that whereas the version of bingo played by seniors is principally enjoyed as a leisure activity, the version played in schools and kindergartens is played as a learning game, and is particularly used for teaching the alphabet, phonemes, and reading in general. There are a number of different versions of bingo that can be played in introductory reading classes, including: 1. Letter bingo - The most basic version of the game, one that students will quickly progress through is to play bingo using bingo cards printed with letters. The teacher acts as bingo caller, and either says the letter name or gives the sound of the letter, and students must find the matching square on their bingo cards.
Probably one of the best ways to really find out what type of kindergarten is going to be the right fit for you, is to explore! Go to each school and talk to the staff, teachers and other parents. Take a tour, find out what a normal day in their kindergarten consists of and see how you feel about it, think about your specific child, which environment do you think they would thrive in? You may never know for sure until you try one school out and see how it goes, nothing is set in stone, you can always change your mind. Which ever way you decide to go, always get feedback from your kids, because ultimately this is about them, and they should have fun and find benefit from which ever kindergarten they attend.
One good present is far better than many little unworthy kindergarten graduation presents. This shows that quality has to always defeat quantity when it comes to gifts of this nature. I remember when I was a child that I could quite easily work out when someone had given me a cheap gift just to get me off their backs. I could also work out what a good graduation gift was. Do not underestimate the perceptive powers of your kindergarten children when buying a present for them. You might get an unpleasant surprise otherwise. I personally never used to be good at unwrapping gifts because I really was too anxious to get to the gift itself that I ended up tearing everything apart. Sadly the kindergarten children have a similar attitude so do not go overboard with an elaborate wrapper because it is going straight in the bin. Rather try to get something adequate.
Kindergarten graduation gifts are one of the most personal things that a child retains from an adult. Gifts in general reflect the personalities of both the person giving them and the person receiving them. If you get the gift wrong, you can cause some resentment and a chilling of interpersonal relationships so you had better take your time when selecting gifts for your kindergarten children as they graduate. Kindergarten graduation gifts should be used as a means of showing your affection for those around you as well as congratulating them on the great achievement of finishing their kindergarten graduation successfully. The gift can also be a memento of these happy times.