Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 04:07:43 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

What to expect in kindergarten

photo by

By
24th-Dec-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Campus Desk :
By now, you've probably heard the scary rumor: Kindergarten is nothing like the good old days.  Back then, you probably went to school for just half a day.  You learned to sit at rug-time, take turns at playtime, and handle blocks.   In fact, you probably had a lot of fun.
Now, newspapers and magazines across the country are reporting that kindergarten is the new first grade-full of pressure and short on play. Is your five-year-old headed for some kind of academic lockup?
Not at all, say educators. In fact, the main goal of kindergarten is the same as ever: to build lifelong good feelings about learning and school. Chances are, you can expect to see familiar craft projects, painting, and little seeds in cups-and most likely, you will see your child bloom, too, with new friends and self-confidence.
But it's also true that with the arrival of NCLB and standards-based education, kindergarten classrooms across the country now include new challenges that probably go beyond what you remember from your own school years. Specific curriculum varies somewhat, of course, so be sure you check your state's academic standards on its Department of Education website. But the general trend is that kindergarten now includes some basics of early literacy and math which used to be covered in first grade. In some districts, kinders may even, like first graders, attend for a full day.
So what will your child do in school? In kindergarten, students begin very basic curriculum in all subjects, including science, social studies, and the arts; but the most important academic topics will be literacy (reading and writing) and math, which underly everything else to come.
This doesn't mean you should expect your child to recite Chekhov and solve multiplication problems by the end of the year! At this stage, teachers want kids to explore all the building blocks that, in first grade, will make them versatile, fluent readers and mathematical problem-solvers.
What to Expect in Reading and Writing: Kindergarten curriculum starts by building familiarity with a wide number of aspects of the written and spoken word. Does your child understand "concepts of print," for example-the look and feel of books and text? Can your child identify virtually every letter and make its correct sound, then identify the sound in the beginning or end of a word? Look for alphabet letters and letter-sound activities throughout the year, along with early-leveled readers and simple reading groups. Plan to support your child in learning to write the full alphabet, often with both capital and lower case letters. Your child will also begin writing full words using correct pencil grip, though expect that spelling will be largely phonetic and "invented."
Another beloved feature of kindergarten classrooms is full-class "story time." Although this may look like a simple "cozy" activity, look again: increasingly over the year, teachers will ask students to predict what comes next; evaluate character's thoughts; and retell the story afterward in sequence. These are all critical skills for reading comprehension, and great ones to reinforce at home.
What to Expect in Math: Many preschoolers have already learned to chant the numbers from 1-10 and often much higher. But in kindergarten math teachers work on key early concepts of mathematical reasoning. In the very beginning of the year, expect to see lots of objects for counting; this is because teachers want to make sure that students deeply understand that numbers aren't just singsongs, but symbols that represent real things whether it's cubes or blocks or shoes. They'll also work with pattern blocks and shapes, learning to create and recognize repetitive patterns that they'll translate into abstract skills in upper grades. As kindergarteners work with these patterns, they'll also compare sizes, discovering concepts like more, less, and same. When they have fully grasped early counting, they may also go on to break up numbers: odd and even, counting by twos; and doing early addition, especially with hands-on discovery activities.
What to Expect in Science: Kindergarten science is frequently embedded in math and literacy work. A common core science skill in kindergarten, for example, is sorting objects and categorizing them by a variety of criteria, such as "dead" and "alive," or "plant" and "animal." Don't expect those skills to be taught with lab coats and beakers. Instead, teachers will often use books, or hands-on activities, or create mathematical representations such as bar graphs. You can help your child learn to fall in love with science, by introducing fun, hands-on activities at home.
What to Expect in Social Studies: Virtually every kindergarten curriculum includes work on understanding that kids live in a town or community beyond the boundaries of their home. It also covers key American holidays, and examines rules that everyone must follow so that home, school, and community are all safe places.
With so many preschools offering challenging material, some kids may enter kindergarten already reading, or perhaps messing around with math problems that could belong in higher grades. This does not mean that the "simple" topics of kindergarten are a waste of time; what's important is that your child have a deep, automatic understanding of key concepts. And no matter what the topic, teachers expect to adjust lessons to the many learning styles in the room.
A fundamental goal of every kindergarten classroom is to help kids understand not just the "what" of school curriculum, but the "how." Just as important as mastering phonics will be learning to sit still for story time; handle playground time; make new friends; follow the teacher's directions, and manage school routines. Just as with reading or math, teachers will not expect little adults. But they will ask children to work in groups, do structured, age-appropriate activities, and listen to adults in charge.
Watch a neat line of kindergarteners following a teacher to lunch or the library and it all looks easy. But step inside a classroom, especially in September, and it can look like rocket science. If your child still struggles heavily with these behaviors in June, you can expect the school to be quite concerned. But at the beginning of the year, it's not a worry.
What does this mean for your child? Especially in the beginning of the year, you can expect frustrations from time to time, but overall your child should enjoy kindergarten, and should find its challenges manageable. Talk about school with your kinder. Fill your home with letters, numbers, and books. And if you have concerns, don't hesitate to talk to your teacher. Kindergarten is a frontier year, and with support from loving adults, just about every child can settle in just fine.
-From Web

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Banking sector is doomed, merger or no merger


FINANCE Minister AMA Muhith has recommended Bangladesh Bank to start merger of problem banks, but experts fear that such a move would not stop the rot the country's banking sector is facing. On December 28, Muhith wrote a letter to BB Governor Fazle Kabir pointing out that it was the ...

Sports »

Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after defeating Japan's Naomi Osaka during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Monday.


International »

Turkey in new assault on Kurdish militia on Syria


AFP  :Turkey on Monday shelled Kurdish militia targets in Syria and claimed progress in a cross-border offensive that has stoked concern among its allies and neighbours.The Turkish military on Saturday launched operation "Olive Branch", its second major incursion into Syrian territory during the seven-year civil war.The operation, where Turkish war ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, among others, at a protest rally organised by Akhtar Hossain Mukti Parishad at the Jatiya Press Club on Monday demanding release of all BNP leaders including Organizing Secretary of Dhaka Mahanagar Uttar Akhtar Hossain.


Entertainment »

Yami Gautam applauds India’s win at Blind Cricket World Cup 2018


Bollywood actress Yami Gautam took to Twitter to applaud the victory of India at the Blind Cricket World Cup 2018. India retained Blind Cricket World Cup title after beating Pakistan by two wickets in a thrilling final played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday. India had previously ...

Entertainment »

Razzak’s birthday today


Entertainment Report :If he would alive today he will turn into 77. He died on August 21 of 2017. His sudden demise made a gap in the field industry. He was basically a guardian in film arena. Today is birthday of legendary film actor Razzak. Younger son of Razzak, Khalid ...

Editorial »

Migrant workers` early death should worry our govt


A NATIONAL daily reported that at least 3,480 Bangladeshi workers died abroad in 2017, mostly due to stroke or heart attack. Unbearable physical and mental stress, workload, malnutrition, ill health care, thin sleep and rest time, and unhygienic living decrease the life expectancy of the Bangladeshi expatriates workers working in ...

Cricket »

Star all-rounder Shakib in Marquee' player list for IPL Auction


World no. one all-rounder rounder Shakib Al Hasan booked his place in the IPL auctions as a 'Marquee' player list with a base price of RS 2 Crore which is the base price for the all 16 elite players in the Marquee Players' list.The star all-rounder Shakib was placed alongside ...

Entertainment »

Shreya Ghoshal sang a romantic song in Tum Se Milkar


Shreya Ghoshal is known as the melody queen when it comes to romantic songs and her songs are loved by listeners worldwide and this is the reason Shreya is the prime choice for all the film makers whose films are based on romantic theme. Recently Shreya recorded a beautiful romantic ...

City »

A crest being presented to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the inaugural session of 4000th Parakendra at Mitingachhari in Kaptai Upazila through a video conferencing organised jointly by Parbatya Chattagram Development Board and UNICEF from a hotel in the city on Sunday.


International »

Jordan`s king says East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state


Reuters, Amman :Jordan's King Abdullah expressed concern on Sunday over a decision by Washington to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying East Jerusalem had to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.In remarks during talks with U.S. Vice Mike Pence in Amman, the king said the only solution to ...

Editorial »

Repatriation will be useless if Myanmar not considers Rohingya as citizens


DHAKA and Naypyidaw both are now making final preparations to repatriate and receive the first batch of Rohingya Muslims despite protest from different quarters for not ensuring their security and fearless movement. According to media reports, Rakhine State's Chief Minister Nyi Pu insisted on completion of the finishing touches on ...

Sports »

Romania`s Ana Bogdan makes a forehand return to United States` Madison Keys during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday.


Entertainment »

Aparna in psychological thriller film


Entertainment Desk :National Award  winning actress  Aparna Ghosh has always been lauded for choosing experimental projects for film. Being popular in small screen, she is famous in big screen as well for her extraordinary acting and simplistic smile.The actor steeped into the media through acting in a TV drama titled ...

City »

Different organisations placed floral wreaths at the plaque of Shaheed Asad in front of the main gate of Dhaka Medical College on Saturday marking Shaheed Asad Day.


 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news