How can pre-k better prepare Kinders?

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  1. Mrs. B.

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    What would you like pre-k teachers to work on more with their students? A friend of mine who teaches Kinder said to me the other day that she was having a hard time getting her kids to understand 1 to 1 recognition when counting. She also said that getting them to know left and right was difficult, too. (Something I hadn't thought about and now practice with my kids.) I'm always looking for ways to improve my program, so what other skills would you like to see more of from your new Kinders? Thanks for the helpful advice! :)
     
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  3. AllysonKinder

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    I agree:

    Knowing left from right
    knowing the you write from left to write on the page
    being able to write name
    hold pencil correctly
    being able to count by rote and count objects
    having some clue about what the letters are and maybe sounds
    Know colors

    I'm sure there will be more
     
  4. Mrs. B.

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    Should they be able to write in upper and lower case for their name? I only have one child going to Kinder next year-she does pretty well with it and she has her letter sounds nailed. (Except for Q.) :)
     
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    Writing letters and numbers from top to bottom
     
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    Ready for K

    Maybe it is just me and I think that Pre-k is a place where children NEED to be learning social skills (as should K) but unfortunately there isn't as much time to do so anymore. The expectation that children should be doing all of these things is too much.

    That being said, I believe the most important thing to give a Pre-K child is phonemic awareness. Rhyming, pulling words apart, putting them back together, word silliness - all of these are the most important key to reading. Knowing letters make sounds and putting them together makes words. If my kids come in knowing these things, I can work on all the rest. Children with these skills take off much quicker in reading.

    Hope that wasn't too much of a rant...
     
  7. AllysonKinder

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    I agree with the social skills part also -
    being able to sit at a table with others and keep your hands to yourself

    Being able to line up and wait your turn

    raising your hand and waiting to be called on

    playing togather

    no hitting, kicking, etc to solve problems
     
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    Hi,

    I just want to say that when a pre-k teachers is teaching the students their name, they should teach them to write their names the correct way from the onset.

    Alphabet Recognition-- lower and uppercase letters, use the letters in their (class) names to teach the ABCs.

    Socialization-- I think this is a must which should be incorporated into their daily learning.
     
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    It is so hard to break the kids of the habit of writing their name in uppercase letters. I always tell parents to teach their little ones the proper way that way they will be able to do it when they come into kindergarten. I have some kids who can't write it at all, which is fine b/c then I teach them the proper way!
     
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    someone said social--I am assuming that included emotional readiness also.
     
  11. asiltropwen

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    you are right on the money Allyson Kinder! I would have to say that if all of my students could do these things when they enter Kindergarten my job would be much easier. Because we have to go through each letter and sound regardless of whether they have learned it previously in preK. all of the other things would be an added help! I never understand why anyone teaches children to write their names in all caps.
     
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    Ideally, the Kindergarten should be preparing for each individual preschooler, not vice versa :)

    ..Unfortunately, that doesnt happen as much as it should..
     
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    I so agree!!
     

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