Early Childhood Development Day Care

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"Irony is discovering that the most cost-effective way to diminish low student achievement in high school occurs between birth and age five."
Lynn Fielding (Annual Growth, Catch up Growth)


Are There Things My Child Should Know Before Entering Kindergarten?

Your child is starting kindergarten this year and you begin to wonder if he is really prepared. You also make yourself feel better by telling yourself that its just kindergarten how much does your child really need to know? Well, these days kindergarten is much more about learning than it is about playing so there are some basic skills your child will need to know before entering kindergarten. Also, the more your child knows the more successful he will be and the higher self esteem he will have.

The Alphabet
One of the most important things your child should know before entering kindergarten is the alphabet. This means saying all the letters and recognizing them. If your child can write the alphabet then that is even better. But, your child should at least be able to write his name before entering kindergarten. Vocabulary is also important so the more your child knows the better.

Basic shapes and forms will be taught in kindergarten so the more familiar your child is with these the better. Your child should know his numbers 1-10 if at all possible. This includes counting and recognizing them on paper. Additionally, basic math concepts like adding and subtracting will be introduced. So, if your child knows what two plus two is then he will be able to learn even more.

The World Around Us
The world around us is also a common theme in kindergarten. This means knowing the days of the week, months of the year, the weather and appropriate clothes, colors, holidays, and more. The more your child knows about the world and daily activities the better. These are all discussed in detail during kindergarten, but if your child ahs already been exposed to these details and has a basic understanding then his learning will be increased during kindergarten.
"This targets, developed by the National Children's Reading Foundation, are set at a level that assure entering kindergarten students, making normal growth during grades K-3, will be able to read and do math on grade level by the end of third grade without remedial or pull-out interventions. Core literacy skills include knowing the shapes and sounds of 12-15 alphabet letters, hearing beginning and ending sounds in words, having a 5,000 words vocabulary and speaking in complete sentences. Core math skills include counting by rote to 20, and recognizing numbers of objects to five. Core social skills include the ability to "settle in" and concentrate on a task for five minutes"   -Lynn Fielding (Annual Growth, Catch up Growth)



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