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Old 12-14-2012, 06:58 AM
 
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had a meeting with the principal the other day and she wants us to start teaching higher skills. basically she is moving the Kindergarten curriculum down. She want the kids to count to 50, identify numbers to 30, know all their letters and sounds, and know 50 sight words by the time they go to kinder. (starting in January) More Work Stations, less "play". No more blocks, no more house, no more puzzles.

Does that seem like a lot? my fear is that, yes, some can do this, but i don't want them to penalize those who just aren't developmentally ready yet.
I still have a few that struggle writing their names. and over half still don't know allt he letters and sounds.

What are your 4-5 year olds expected to know?


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Old 12-14-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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That is TOO MUCH!!!

We count to 20.
Identify numbers to 20.
At least 30/52 letters.
At least half the sounds the letters make.
Write their name.
Identify 6 shapes.
Identify all colors.

I could go on......and on.... and on...
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What are your state standards? These expectations don't match up with our standards for four year olds. Having tested our incoming kindergarten students, we receive a wide range of skills and abilities........maybe we would receive one or two that might have these skills??? But then, we don't have public preschool.
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My school does not have state standards for preschool and only some schools have a public prek. Our district makes our standards.
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Here are Wisconsin Early Learning standards:

http://fscp.dpi.wi.gov/files/fscp/pdf/ec-wmels-bk.pdf

Although Wisconsin has 4K offered in a large % of districts, it is not mandatory. Admission to 5K is currently, just being the age of 5.


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our "guidelines"
Old 12-16-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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state that they only have to know 20 letters and 10 sounds. I have no problem teaching them all. but for the most part the things she wants us to do are even above the Kindergarten standards here in Texas.
I know arguing with her is pointless, i just wanted to validate my feelings. like i said before my biggest fear is those who cannot do these activities will be labeled "at risk" when really they just aren't developmentally ready for it.

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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That seems a lot like what I am doing, but not the the fifty sight words. If my students are able to read 80% the Dolch preprimer list by May we will have accomplished a lot. I have been working on sight words since September for those who seemed ready and we are stalled at about 12. I am constantly reviewing theses words with the kids so that we can move on and learn more when they are ready. Many of the parents are not on-board with this for their preschool child - they just want them to learn proper behavior in a classroom setting and the alphabet and some numbers so there is no help from the home front. I teach 2 letters and sounds each full week as well as counting (we are up to 20) and number identification. After 4 weeks I review all of the letters and numbers that we have had. Our public school district is raising the bar for kindergarten and I would like my students to be prepared so that they don't end up lost at the beginning of the year.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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coppsmas: What is your schedule? Are you five full days, half days?
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Ask her...
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Ask her to read her child development books! We are forcing young children to do things that are not developmentaly appropriate. As teachers of young children we should be advocating for our students. Spend some time reading how children in Denmark are educated. I feel that we are creating test taking robots instead of curious, enthusiastic,and critical thinkers. I am ready to bail!
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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We do expect our kids to identify and and know one sound for all the letters (upper and lowercase) by the end of the year. We expose them to sight words and cvc words, but if they are not ready to read yet, it is not a requirement.
What alarms me is "no more blocks, house, puzzles..." that is CRAZY. I wouldn't want to teach second or third grade math to those kids a few years down the road...


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Ridiculous!
Old 12-19-2012, 08:20 PM
 
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I swear! All principals, curriculum directors, and superintendents need to take a few early childhood education courses or attend a few early childhood professional development sessions. How absolutely developmentally inappropriate...
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way to much
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My preks are so varied in their abilties that it keeps me busy trying to teach each one what they need. No way will all the kids know all that by august
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