teaching the basics?

Emily - posted on 11/07/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




My 6 yr old may flunk kinder garden if he can't grasp basics.


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Barbara - posted on 11/15/2012




I agree we all need more information as what you mean by the basics. When my boys were in kinder garden they did learn their ABC and count up to 100 and did some fundamental reading. They also were taught manners and behavior, arts and crafts and listening. Even some Spanish words were learned. Is he is having trouble sitting and standing still or talking?

Sarah - posted on 11/11/2012




I definitely think we need more information to help with this one... What does his teacher say? Is he having behavioral problems? Is he just not getting it? Is he learning slower than others? Or, does it seem like he's just not getting any of it?? Kindergarten is no joke these days. It's unbelievable to me how much pressure the schools are putting on these young kids. I guess my best advice would be to get one of those workbooks they have at book stores and costco that basically goes over all the information from kindergarten and see how he does at home, in his cozy space, where he is most comfortable.

Becky - posted on 11/07/2012




Catha, my daughter was in kindergarten last year. In math they were doing basic addition and subtraction problems, and they needed to recognize their numbers up to 100. There was a brief review of the letters, and then they were expected to know certain site words. The kids are even placed in certain reading level groups too at this age. Kindergarten is no longer just play time and learning social skills. Most of that is done in Pre-K, but even there it's more like what kindergarten was when I was growing up.

Emily, is your child seeing anyone in the school for extra help? Has the teacher given you any suggestions? I'm sorry I don't have any thing else to offer. My cousin is a kindergarten teacher and she gets a lot of things off of pinterest for her class.

Catha - posted on 11/07/2012




Hi Emily,

What is considered the basics here? I think in most countries, kindergarten is considered a play time where kids learn about manners, socializing and life skills. The actual math, reading, writing, etc will start at grade one. Perhaps if you share more, you will get more accurate responses.

Of course, there are always other kids who can read and write fluently by that age, make fabulous arts or adding and substracting up to 100, as well as naming all the presidents in the world. But most other kids fall somewhere in between. And that should be fine...

Unless, you really observe a learning difficulty in your child - like difficulty to concentrate, could not complete simple task, or could not work well in the group/interact with friends. In this case, get your child to be evaluated by a learning expert or a child psychologist.

Good luck.

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