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Old 09-13-2011, 05:47 AM   #1
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Hi there! I'm looking for some info from all those talented teachers out there. My DD is 4 and will be starting Kindergarten next fall.. what I am wondering is what she should be able to do in order to be prepared for kindergarten...

Should she be able to read? write? color? I really don't know exactly what skills to ask about.. but I just wondered what the expectations are of Pre-K/Kindergarten teachers of the kids abilities at the beginning and end of the year.

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While there are no expectations of children entering into Kindergarten (unlike a higher grade), as a K teacher myself I can tell you what makes me so very happy ...

I love it when my kinder kids can...

* recognize their first and last name in print (soooo much easier to find their name tag/cubbie)
* write their first name
* count to 30;
* recognize numerals 0-10
* tell you when two words rhyme;
* tell you the beginning sound in a word (i.e., "bed" begins with the /b/ sound)
* listen to a story 5-7 minutes long
* name basic colors
* get themselves dressed (in winter this is a must)

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actually- our K does have expectations and they published them last year as to what they expect them to come in knowing for success in K.

Alison- I have the paper to send to you!
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Our school system agrees with previous reply...but we expect children go recognize all alphabet letters...and hopefully to be able to write some. We hope basic shapes are presented to pre-K. Also, directional words should have been presented. We can get off to a great phoenic start if they know their letters. Most of our Kinder are reading somewhat before 1st. grade. We also have formed some basic writing skills before 1st... by the Kinders labeling their story pictures or trying thoughts in the story writing practice.
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Thank you Ladies!
Ok-- DD can write her first name although she still has her S backwards

Cool... I really appreciate it. I think she'll be fine as long as we work on some phonics. She still wants to memorize books.


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Alison- memorizing books are not a bad thing- it shows that she has an understanding of books. AND, the S is a developmental thing
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