How do you feel about the big push toward early education? Are you overwhelmed by all of the preschool options, deterred by the additional expense, and thinking: “Isn’t kindergarten enough?” You may want to take a closer look! Early education is a critical component for your child; and investing early in your child’s education can save you money and save your sanity.
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It used to be kindergarten was preschool. Kids may have gone to daycare, but they started school in kindergarten, and that was enough. Kindergarten was the beginning of their education. Parents may have started reading to their kids, the kids knew their colors, and they could recite the ABC song and count to 10 or 20. School took care of the rest, right? My own parents gave me a Montessori education, educators themselves. Even back then, they didn’t know I needed to be able to write letters, which led to my “C” in handwriting.
Nowadays the expectations are even higher. Kids in kindergarten are already starting to memorize sight words and create some basic writing. Not knowing letters and sounds immediately puts the student at a great disadvantage. According to Common Core Reading Standards, by the end of kindergarten students should be able to begin capitalizing and punctuating, understand syllables and rhyming, distinguish between long and short vowels, and separate words into their phonemes and blends. They should be able to decode words and read “grade-level text” with “purpose and understanding” and “sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.” Kindergarteners are also expected to be able to self-correct, using context clues.
According to the Common Core Math Standards, by the end of kindergarten kids are expected to write numbers from 0-20, count back from 20, and count to 100 by ones, tens and fives. Students are already comparing numbers, “decomposing” numbers, solving addition and subtraction world problems, and using the commutative property to recognize number families. Students are even solving for unknown values such as “4 + ___ = 6”, one step away from basic algebra! (4 + x = 6).
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