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Sun Nov 23, 2014 18:32

I don't see as many gender differences. i know that developmentally girls can be more "ready" than boys. But really the biggest factor in school readiness in my experience is socio-economic and parents' own education level. IF kids are read to at home, they are very often ready for kindergarten skills. I taught K when I first started teaching 15 years ago. ITs VERY different than it is now. Then I taught in Los Angeles in a title 1 school with 98% English Language Learners. Now I teach in a rural school, non title 1, with primarily Caucasian students. My students in LA and very little home support, exposure to text and ESL. They came in with very little text or letter knowledge. My students now who have parents at home or have been to preschool come knowing almost all letters/ sounds and have concept of print. Many are reading above grade level.

I look at my own 3 and he is more ready than many of my lower achieving students are simply because he is read to nightly, he "reads" and looks at books on his own and we speak to him using a larger vocabulary.

A literate home environment is the most important thing for young children!

  • Ready for instruction? - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 16:33
    Have you also found that a lot of students, especially males, aren't ready for certain types of instruction in kindergarten now that the standards have changed? Seem to remember reading research on... more
    • re: ready? - hodgete, Sun Nov 23 19:12
      Like Tavia, I don't see a difference in genders. There are so many factors that can effect their readiness. Their age is a big thing, literally half my class was born in April, May, or June. I only... more
    • males - catheyt, Sun Nov 23 18:32
      • Readiness - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 19:08
        Thank you for your insight. I defiantly agree. I always get a smile when I see my own 3-year-old surrounded by books in his room. I can see a difference between my children and my nieces and nephews... more
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