Tara - posted on 01/17/2010
The "What Your Child Needs to Know" series are Wonderful start. Really KG should be about learning math, reading and lots and lots of fun hands on activities. Here is a link to amazon for the KG book...http://www.amazon.com/What-Your-Kinderga...
Another place to check is your local school's web site. They usually have a list of expectations. But, I think, knowing their alphabet, count to ten, etc. All of which my kids could do long before kindergarten age. I'm sure that since you're homeschooling, or just about to, that you're already at that point and have nothing to worry about.
Faith - posted on 01/04/2010
Most states have websites for non public education. You can also check the federal non public education website. Personally, I combine those with the information that they need to know for the test that is required by my state once per year. After I gather all of that information, I can then tailor a program that suits my son's learning needs and style. A good federal site is A good federal site is: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii...
Michelle - posted on 11/25/2009
this is what the book I have says:
develop skills in gross motor functioning and fine motor skills. hand eye coordination
recognize likeness and differences in groups of objects or pictures, group objects into catorgories listening skills, following progression (left to right) (top to bottom ) (front to back) hold crayon or pencil properly demonstrate basic handwriting strokes print first name, Recognise and be able to name letter of alphabet. know upper case and lower case letters speak in complete sentences most of the time. be able to tell a story of something they experiance and also verbalize their needs and wants Make and describe observations ask questions describe a picture listen to a 5-10 minute story and be able to retell it. answer questions about a story they just heard use vocabulary to describe themself
recognise ryming words identify colors name commen objects and speak clearly properly and politely. memorize and repeat a simple memory verse
Yeah, they learn by playing, helping with chores, going to the grocery store and library, being read books to, etc. I think, before formal schooling, they need to learn mainly just how to read and write their letters and numbers, and recognize basic colors and shapes. If they learn anything academic beyond that (out of their own desire), that’s even better, but not necessary, for readiness, that is—some things may be necessary if they have a more advanced mental development, for instance.
Tamra - posted on 10/12/2009
I think it's good to see what kindergarteners are "expected" to know, but remember a couple things. If you teach your child to love to learn, you can always "catch up" to those standards. And think about what you learned in kindergarten. I remember the big accomplishment for the year was to tie our own shoes, count to 20 and to say the alphabet!
In Kindergarten they learn all they need just by playing and talking with you. Play with them by coloring, drawing, doing puzzles, etc.. and read to them. Children that are pushed into "academics" at early ages do not do any better than children that wait. Here are two great books on the subject. These people did many, many studies on many children (public, private and home schooled). Both of these books are by Raymond and Dorothy Moore
"The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook"
"Better Late Than Early"
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