Harriet Drake 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).
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.
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.
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.
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?