Reimagining Kindergarten In today’s society we argue about what should be taught. Kindergarten is the first time some children have ever been away from their parents. This is the time we should focus on the transition between home and school. But, that is not what is happening today’s kindergarten classroom focus on more reading and math skills. They are working on testing skills.
Nine out of ten children that do not meet expectations in reading and writing in the first grade continue to fall behind in fourth grade. These children are likely to be retained, referred to special education, and drop out of school. With the help of Reading Recovery teachers, children accelerate their learning and meet academic expectations. Slide #2: Reading Recovery Success In the middle one of the picture is Dante Marshall, one of the first children in Reading Recovery. On the left is Marie Clay, the founder of Reading Recovery.
Homework: A Necessity for Classroom Achievement? Over the past few decades to date, views on homework assignments are still evolving as to the effect on classroom achievement. Parents of the late 60s and 70s desired for their children to be free to play and explore. Bennett and Kalish (2006) provided evidence that too much homework harms students’ health and family time. With the publication of A Nation at Risk in the 80s, parents wanted children to work harder even after school hours.
Current Conditions and Desired Conditions Current Conditions Kindergarten students spend all year struggling with their phonological awareness skills. A large portion of time should be spent on how to teach children how to rhyme blend sounds, substitute sounds, and recognize onset and rhime. Students should be coming into kindergarten possessing at least the basic phonetic skills of rhyming. These basic skills are lacking when entering the classroom in the fall. Without these essential skills children have a much more difficult time becoming fluent readers.
The amount of school readiness that a child has before they enter preschool depends mostly on the child’s parents. Throughout my research, I have discovered the time before a child even enters school can have a huge impact on the child’s academic achievements for perhaps the rest of their life. Studies show that children who start of preschool at a disadvantage in school readiness usually fall farther back while those that start with an advantage usually pull farther ahead. In my interview, I learned about the issues faced by underprivileged children in disadvantaged environments where learning can be difficult. The past discriminations in race have led to a disparity in economic statuses which have further put children at a disadvantage.
Parents determine the academic success of their children, more than anyone else. Children learn a great deal from their parents in general, so why should they not be closely involved in the formal education of their own children? In the very beneficial the book Home-life Cheri Fuller observes that, “new studies show that throughout school years, more than any other factor, it is what parents do at home that makes the difference between success or failure for children.” (Fuller 15). An understanding of this truthful concept is at least one reason why more and more parents are turning to homeschooling their children, choosing to not send them off for hours a day at a public school. George Will’s articl... ... middle of paper ... ...dren because so many children struggle with school due to an absence of parental involvement, because this will help the children throughout life, and due to the fact of the great relationship this will produce between parents and their children.
Parents should work harder on developing their children 's literacy skills before the child 's first year of school. Most schools today have a standard level of knowledge that they believe a child needs. They believe a child needs this standard level of knowledge to be able to fully understand the material and successfully communicate with other students. They set this basic level of knowledge so all children can learn effectively and efficiently. For example, a girl that I grew up with started school a year later than everyone else because when it was time to enroll in school she did not have the basic knowledge the school required to get in.
Also since science and social studies are not covered in the curriculum states will have to design their own which is more money and means you are not learning the same thing as every other state. The content of what the students are learning is another problem. “With higher-level thinking skills, Common Core will cause academic rigor to start earlier than ever, even in pre-kindergarten.” (Parents Public Schools) Meaning when you send your child to preschool instead of learning social interactions and learning through fun activities, the child will sit at a desk and learn to a test not learn for fun. Common Core takes the fun out of learning for students of all ages by over testing and not giving the ability for teachers and class to be creative and to teach how they want to teach.One of the
In order for public-education students to receive the same attention, they are likely to have to pay for a tutor. For example, one site, www.tutor.com, at the least, offers unlimited tutoring for $39.99 per month for one hour (Tutor.com 1). Tutoring can ra... ... middle of paper ... ... or moral instruction and dissatisfaction with academic instruction (Pollack 1). Parents favor teaching their children what they want them to know. Some homeschooled students follow a set curriculum, but the parents of other students select matter as educational needs begin to appear more appropriate (Everhart and Harper 1).
For both the child and the college student hands on learning taught by a human would be more affective. Parents and teachers need to take full responsibility for teaching in all levels of education. Many teachers and parents in today’s technologically advancing society are changing to a more computerized way of teaching that is less effective and can harm the way students learn. Parents are being told, through the media, that they have a responsibility to begin preparing their children for a future of computers and technology which will advance them onto top schools and high paying jobs. Parent’s fear that without an early start their children will fall behind and never catch up technologically.