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Old 09-24-2020, 01:20 AM
 
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On top of the other thoughts that have already been shared, please rest assured that a lot of the things you listed are taught in Kindergarten.

Some students don't naturally pick up on how to color -- they need to be shown and taught. One of my first lessons in Kindergarten is always about our "Best Kindergarten Coloring." We make an anchor chart about how to color -- use the right colors for pictures (not just the first crayon you grab!), stay inside the lines, and color all the white space. You would be surprised at how much better coloring is once students are taught that there's a certain way to do it!!

Some students don't understand that letters always begin on the left-hand side of a word and move sequentially -- they need to be taught. We do this by practicing with words (starting with their name!). We write it in pencil, in marker, with play-doh, etc. until they become very familiar with it. Then we practice the names of their friends and family. These are the most important words to them! Then we'll add in color and number words, sight words, etc.

We do a lot of handwirting practice in Kindergarten -- we have songs/poems for each number, and practice letters carefully all the way through the year. Many students need explicit practice and instruction on how to form letters and numbers.

Before I taught Kindergarten, I had no idea how many foundational skills are taught in this transformative year. Some students learn these things naturally as they progress through their younger years, but many students need to be taught the things you listed explicitly and systematically. I used to love first grade because of all the reading instruction. Now I love Kindergarten because they come to me with knowing so little, and leave with all the tools they'll need to be successful learners!


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