Aileen Schneider January 13, 2021 Kindergarten Worksheet
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.
Kindergarten ABC worksheets should have different activities to help children identify the various letters of the alphabet. The activities may involve very simple things like colouring, ticking, drawing a line to match items etc. Using attractive illustrations and cartoon characters would make it more fun for children. The activities should be graded, i.e initial activities should be very simple and easy (but should be fun with good pictures etc, so as to interest the child); later worksheets may involve a little bit more work. Care should be taken to give children worksheets that they are capable of doing. This involves understanding and monitoring the child continually, since the level of attainment of different children would often be quite different. The worksheet should challenge the child but not overwhelm her. If the worksheet is too easy or too repetitive, it may bore the child and she would not be happy. If the activity is too difficult it would frustrate her and she would not like to take up more sheets. The children should love to do the worksheets; they should not be thrust upon them. Also doing only worksheets alone repeatedly would not be very productive. You should have a range of physical games and activities as well that would reinforce the concepts learnt.
One first step may be to simply ask around, do you know other families that have children in kindergarten already, and what where their experiences with that school? See if local kindergartens have a reputation in town, either for being highly recommended, or perhaps for not being a very good school. Next look into the logistics of some of the local private and public kindergartens. For instance, how qualified are the teachers? What does each schools curriculum consist of? What subjects and activities are encouraged? What are each schools rules and guidelines, for things such as disciplinary actions, school closures, emergency procedures and other important policies that you will want to be aware of. What are each schools philosophies with styles of teaching, and student learning? And are these philosophies in line with your own values? What type of nutritional options are offered for snacks, and lunch?
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.
During the kindergarten graduation do not leave it to the children to do all the hard work by reciting the poems and reading the prayers. After all you are the adult and you have a lot more skills and experience than those kindergarten young ones. Get stuck in and recite a poem of your own to give the children a flavor of what they should be doing. I also suspect that your children will be quite happy to see you making a fool of yourself so any poems and songs that your sing will go down a treat. It is after all a party among family so you can afford to make mistakes.
Its not wise to use classical poetry during kindergarten graduation. Classical poetry is not appealing to many people including adults. It is therefore unreasonable to expect that young kindergarten children will be enthusiastic at such an early stage. Kindergarten graduation then calls for the use of local poetry perhaps in the dialect of the family so that you are not overburdening their young minds with very heavy stuff. Those parents who have done this before say that when you let children get involved in the creation of the poetry they tend to be very enthusiastic and it creates an atmosphere of happy informality which is ideal for such kindergarten graduation ceremonies.