The expectations from children in kindergarten have risen considerably over the last decade. Teachers — feeling pressure from school districts, parents and an uptick in standardized testing — now introduce skills in kindergarten they once taught in first grade.
The fallout? A sizable gap between students entering the class kindergarten ready and those who are not yet up to speed.
Some kids can already read, while others are still learning their letters, Students who have never been in any type of school or group setting are in the same classroom as children who have been in day care, preschool, or have spent time playing, sharing and cooperating, she says. There are children who have never been read to before and children ready to read on their own.
It’s not easy for those kids who come in without basic skills to catch up. And the ones who enter ahead of the curve? .Kids who are overprepared for kindergarten may not be academically challenged in the classroom; they may end the year with new friends, but without many new academic skills .
It’s possible for those who are eager to learn to catch up with the others once they’ve been in a classroom setting.
At the end of the year, all the students have had exposure, experience and opportunity to grow, learn and practice. If a child comes into kindergarten with very little experience, but is curious, willing and enjoys learning, that child will most likely make tremendous growth.
And school-savvy students finds that kids have a drive to learn, and that keeps them moving forward. They take what they already know and adapt it to a new situation.
It is observed that parents often plant the idea of boredom in the child’s mind. Parents need to realize that their child is not going to fall behind or lose what they already know. They will leave kindergarten reading better and more, no matter if the other children are working on letter sounds.
Social skills count
Reading skills are just one part of the equation. Social skills can be just as important. If a student can’t go with the flow of the classroom, teachers aren’t able to teach.
Our brains have evolved to learn from other humans. For the first three to five years, children really learn best from other people,when you join their world and respond to their lead and to their interests at their pace, that’s when high-quality learning really takes place.
one of the best indications of how well kids will do socially and academically is the ability to control impulses.
Kids who can self-regulate have some ability to control their own behavior.How does that translate into classroom behavior?
Kids who show stronger self-regulation, even before school starts, tend to learn more effectively in school later on.