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Learning Standards For Preparing Pre-Kindergartners for Kindergarten

  • 1.  Learning Standards For Preparing Pre-Kindergartners for Kindergarten

    Posted 07-27-2019 12:14 PM
    I am very excited about starting a position in a pre-k classroom. I currently teach in a preschool classroom (3-year-olds). I will be teaching sight words, early reading, writing, and math (basic addition and subtraction) to pre-k students. I would like to know what specific standards/concepts should I stress to prepare students for kindergarten. Example: should the children only learn numbers to 20 or higher? etc.

    The students I will be teaching in the fall are not very advanced. Many do not know how to write their names and other basic skills. This is why I am very interested in specific standards/goals for children who will be entering kindergarten. I want to make sure that I prepare them for their future schooling in the best way possible.

    I am also interested in appropriate learning materials/curriculum, (such as workbooks), I can use to provide a bridge for kindergarten skills. I would like to begin using the Handwriting Without Tears workbook for Pre-K. I used the preschool version at a previous position and would really like my director to buy a book for each child.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!


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    Jennifer United States
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  • 2.  RE: Learning Standards For Preparing Pre-Kindergartners for Kindergarten

    Posted 07-28-2019 12:47 AM
    First, I'd say to go to your state's board of education to find the early learning standards for your area and age group. Then I'd think about what is pushing you to do such a strictly academic approach with four year olds. It should be clear that NAEYC's positions on curricula in preschool is based on the research and developmental data that show young children learn best through child-initiated, teacher-facilitated play. Unless your assessment on each child shows they have moved through all of the previous stages of early literacy, of math, of symbolic thought etc, these students will not benefit in the long run by across the board worksheets. I wouldn't use them at all unless one or more individuals have shown solid understanding of text concepts, have adequate fine motor, and have the desire to write emergently. Even with that, I would individualize worksheets so that they relate to things each student's wishes to write, and for what purpose, be that a letter to a friend, labels and signs for play, or creating a storybook to be read to the class.

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    Mars April Caulton
    Teacher & Teaching Artist
    Chicago IL
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  • 3.  RE: Learning Standards For Preparing Pre-Kindergartners for Kindergarten

    Posted 07-28-2019 01:34 AM
    Why sight words? They really aren't developmentally appropriate until Kindergarten.

    As far as standards go, each state has their own. You should be able to use a search engine, like Google, to find the ones for your state.

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    Heather Finnegan
    Preschool Teacher
    Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with School
    Delavan WI
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  • 4.  RE: Learning Standards For Preparing Pre-Kindergartners for Kindergarten

    Posted 07-28-2019 10:51 AM
    Hi Heather,

    I was told by my director that I should begin to teach the children sight words and early reading. I am getting an entirely new class of children because the previous class is moving on to kindergarten. The previous teacher was teaching them numbers, letters, sight words, early reading, subtraction and addition and so on. I am trying to take her lead as far as teaching is concerned.

    At my school, this class uses a lot of worksheets (even if it is not developmentally-appropriate). I just want to prepare these children as best I can.


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    Jennifer United States
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  • 5.  RE: Learning Standards For Preparing Pre-Kindergartners for Kindergarten

    Posted 07-29-2019 08:33 AM
    My predecessor, who is now the Kindergarten teacher at my school, also taught sight words and made sight word books for the kids to read. I will not teach them unless my students demonstrate the ability to handle them. In the 4 years I have taught at my current school, that includes 5 students. My job has been to educate other teachers and parents  (especially the parents) about Developmentally Appropriate Practice and why it's so important. I've also been reading anything I can get my hands on the explains reading and writing in preschool from a developmental standpoint. NAYEC has 2 great publications, Learning to Read and Write, and Much More Than the ABCs. Additionally, I've been reading I AM Reading by Kathy Collins and Matt Glover. There is also a book by those  authors rhat talks about writing, and I don't have it near me right now. I've been sharing these books and articles with my principal, and have her full support, and with the Kindergarten teacher. She still teaches more academically than I do, but she understands where I am coming from.
    Congratulations on your new position and have fun with your students. There are 2 teachers you could follow who do make "academics" playful; Pocket of Preschool and Pre-K Pages. Both have websites/blogs. Both sell items on Teacher pay Teachers. Both have Facebook pages.

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    Heather Finnegan
    Preschool Teacher
    Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with School
    Delavan WI
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