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re: background knowledge
Sun Nov 23, 2014 19:06

Piggy backing off of Tavia, Kinders are expected to come in knowing their letters and sounds, and unfortunately most of them don't. Those we come in knowing them are ahead and the others who don't are behind. I'm assuming by "areas in which we live" you're talking about the cities or states? It would be nice if free pre-k could be offered to everyone who couldn't afford it. I know there are some day care programs that do that, but day care and pre-k are very much different. Other than that, educating parents of the importance. I've noticed that usually the 2nd child will come into kindergarten knowing letters and sounds along with other skills because their parents realized after the first go around how important it is.
Concerning AY, I am planning to go back and do the sorts with him again since he is starting to somewhat get the associations of sounds (even if it's just during the sort).

  • background knowledge - Stacy, Sat Nov 22 16:08
    It was interesting to hear you say that the students came to kindergarten with little word sound recognition knowledge. As an outsider to the elementary world, I learn a tremendous amount from you... more
    • re: background knowledge - hodgete, Sun Nov 23 19:06
    • background knowledge - catheyt, Sun Nov 23 10:59
      Our kinders are expected to come to us with more knowledge than ever before. So much is expected of them in kindergarten. I don't think this is necessarily bad, but it puts our SES and second... more
      • parents' response? - Emily Fox, Wed Nov 26 09:50
        This was one area I questioned while watching your presentation. When you share with parents how low their child is at the beginning of kindergarten, what is their usual response?? It seems that so... more
        • re: parent's response - hodgete, Sat Nov 29 13:03
          Some parents are genuinely concerned and others don't become concerned until 1st grade when the student still isn't reading, and then some parents are not concerned at all. A lot of parents who... more
      • read alouds - response to Tavia - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 18:42
        Does your public library do a story time? I wonder if there is a way to get people to get out there for those events. You have me thinking about this as well. I would like to know how often my public ... more
        • library - catheyt, Wed Nov 26 10:35
          Stacy, That is a great idea. Unfortunately my school is pretty far from our public library. The families in my class who lack the most exposure wouldn't have access to the library. I wish there was... more
      • 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
          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... more
          • 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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