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Published on April 25, 2011 under Uncategorized

>The rain in NW Arkansas is really crazy. The rain at the door where the parents come in is past ankle deep . Randy and I are working trying to figure out a plan to keep your feet dry.

This week I am doing assessments. Today I completed all the kiddos that will be leaving for kindergarten in the fall. I normally just do a DIAL 3 and compare it to the one I did in September to check for progress but today I did a little more with these guys. I wanted to see how much letter recognition they had picked up ( other than the 5 listed in the dial three ) and some numerals, shapes etc.. Many of them did quite well. Some not so much. All children learn at different paces and different ways. We can’t compare children. I will be compiling these along with worksampling notes and a letter to accompany my kids to kindergarten.
If you wondered what is developmentally appropriate for children going into kindergarten ; read on . ( from what kids need to know website )
What does my child need to be “ready” for kindergarten?
Kindergarten has changed from when we were in school. Kindergarten previously lasted for two to three hours a day and focused primarily on the development of social skills. Today, many kindergartens last a full day (approximately 6 hours), have a major focus on reading and writing skills, and require significant amounts of seat work. This has implications for what skills our children need to have acquired prior to starting kindergarten.

  • Children need to be socially and emotionally ready for school. This is one of the most important areas of readiness for children. Children need to be able to cooperate with their peers in group situations and activities. Children also need to be able to control their impulses and be able to relate to non-family authority figures.
  • Children need to have acquired motor skills. Motor skills include large muscle activities necessary for walking in a straight line and throwing a ball. Motor skills also include small muscle skills such as drawing, coloring, cutting, and beginning handwriting.
  • Children need to be cognitively and intellectually ready for school. Intellectual readiness is a term used to describe the learning skills a child needs to make a smooth transition into kindergarten. These skills include knowledge of colors, numbers through 10, at least some of the letters of the alphabet (e.g. particularly the letters in his/her name), and shapes. Other skills that children need are the ability to assemble simple puzzles, answer questions about his/her environment (e.g. how many legs does this spider have?), and understand similarities (e.g. how are an apple and an orange alike?), differences (e.g. how is an apple different from an orange?), and opposites (e.g. ice cream is cold, coffee is hot).
  • Children need to be curious and eager to learn. Our children will be most successful if they learn to ask questions, think independently, and be creative. Our children need to be curious about the world, interested in how things work, and know how to creatively approach problems. So, if your child asks you a question like, “Do mosquitoes sleep?”, resist the urge to answer (you may not know anyway!) or to give them the answer right away. Instead try asking them, “What do you think?” or “Where do you think we could find the answer to that question?”. By doing this, you are encouraging them to think for themselves. This also helps build a child’s self-esteem!
Did you see anywhere on there where it says know ALL THE LETTERS UPPER AND LOWER CASE AND WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE ? No…. so when the test and they dont know them – remember that.
Did you notice anywhere on that list where it says be able to solve a word math problem? No. Not even sure why that is on our kindergarten assessment for a 5 year old.
Do you recall them asking them to know the front and back of a book, the spine, the title page, how to read from left to right and how to turn the pages? No.. give me a break.
Much of this stuff our kids do know. But I wanted you to know… it is not necessary. Then we do they test for it at kindergarten screening and make you feel like a loser as a parent and make me look like a teacher that doesnt have it all together ? You got me.
It all makes me sad.
Very sad.
Your kids are brilliant. They are creative . They think for themselves. They problem solve. The work out problems with their friends. They have great hygiene. The have manners.
And two of the most important things I think are
They have confidence
and they are


  1. Beth Knight

    I commend you for posting what happened last week. I think most of us, if ever in your position, would want nothing more than to keep it a secret and "make it all go away". I have worked in other programs where this very incident has happened, and the child was left unattended for a lot longer than 30 seconds. As I recall, no one called to report themselves to DHS, no one called the parents, no one had to call the child abuse hotline. It was swept under the rug and chalked up to "we better be more careful next time". It is difficult to admit our mistakes, let alone publicly, and I think you are brave and humble to do so. Kudos to you!

  2. Bev

    I have read and reread this post several times since this morning. I could say all those things like these things happen, it could happen to any of us, don't beat yourself up…but you know all that already.

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