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  1. becky

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    I've been asked to work with my sister's 4 yr old granddaughter, to help her be ready for kindergarten. As far as I know, she's had no formal educational exposure. I don't know where to start. How should I approach this? Is there a good assessment I could use, to determine a starting point?

    Lol-just when I was getting used to my bon-bons and Days of Our Lives..;)
     
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    Hmmm, it's been awhile now since I taught kinder and I've never worked with preschoolers before. But I know as a kinder teacher, it was TRULEY helpful in the beginning of the year when entering kinder kids came in knowing:

    1) how to write their name
    2) share
    3) sit still for short time periods (we'll work up, but in the beginning, I need their attention for at least a few minutes)
    4) how to wash their hands/use the restroom
    5) how to hold a pencil
    6) colors (I color code things in the classroom and it's just really helpful if they come in knowing at least the basic colors- blue, green, yellow, and red).
    7) tie their own shoes, button up or zip up their own pants and clothes
    8) names of body parts
    9) just being read to. Read read read! :)

    As to the starting point, your sister's granddaughter still has a few months before entering kinder. So, I would begin with one or two things and work with those at a time. And make it all a game, if you can. Like, when writing her name, use messy stuff like shaving cream or use a paintbrush and water and "paint" her name on the sidewalk.
     
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    I would suggest some group time--ballet, dance, swim, gym. She needs to be comfy and confident in groups.
     
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    Good for you Becky; I bet you miss it!
     
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    She's my sister's granddaughter, Peachyness. I'm not prepared for grandkids, lol.
     
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    I agree entirely.
    This child isn't exposed to everything like Jeannie was. Part of it is finances, but there's help that could be applied for and hasn't been. I don't know why my niece won't look into it. This child is around adults day in, day out.
     
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    I miss teaching Jeannie, that's true. I'll see something juicy in the news and start to think, 'ooohhh...that will be good for social stu....' then I remember I'm not her teacher anymore.:( We still discuss things like that, though, and I get teaching fixes with homework.:thumb:

    Although I do miss teaching her, I am very glad for the teachers she has. They all seem to like her, and I know she adores them. To her, there's something special about each one. They have all been kind to me, and receptive when I've shared websites or information.
     
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    This sounds like a great opportunity, Becky. Get a good phonics book and supplement with creative activities. Read to her and talk about the pictures. Check and see if she even knows how to hold a book. Use informal evaluations to check for concepts - top/bottom, low/high, under/over, behind/in front, etc. Play games with them, like hiding a stuffed animal. Use food for amounts. Use your Google kindergarten readiness and see what comes up. You already know how to utilize resources.
     
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    If money is an issue for group activities, maybe there are some neighborhood kids that can set up some sort of play group?
     
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    No, that probably won't happen.
     
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    If you are looking for free group activities try your public library. They may offer story time. Mine not only offers story time but also art activities once a month.
     

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