As part of the Daily Journal’s “State of Our Schools” series on pre-K, kindergarten teachers provided several recommendations for what students should be able to do when they start kindergarten. That includes being able to:
• Identify most letters of the alphabet, especially the letters in the child’s name
• Count to 10 and recognize the numbers to 10
• Identify colors and the four basic shapes – circle, triangle, square and rectangle
• Engage in a conversation and talk about their own experiences
• Recognize that print flows from left to right and to listen to a story and answer questions about it
• Follow one- and two-step directions
• Ask questions about how things work in the world around them
• Tell their full name, age and gender and to write their name
• Resolve conflicts with playmates and others appropriately and know how to share and take turns
• Adjust to new situations without their parents being there
• Express feelings
The most important advice the kindergarten teachers had for parents was to read to their children every day.
EARLY LEARNING STANDARDS
A group of early education experts from a variety of backgrounds across the state have developed curriculum and standards for children from birth to age 4. The documents are intended to prepare students for kindergarten in a developmentally appropriate way. They can be used by child care centers and by parents.
To view them, go to the Early Childhood Institute website, http://www.earlychildhood.msstate.edu/. Click on “Resources” at the top of the page and you will see curriculum and standards for infants and toddlers, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds along the right side of the page.
View the entire Daily Journal “State of Our Schools” series here: http://djournal.com/education-matters/state-of-our-schools/