Sunday, I spent the morning, in between making breakfast several times as the teens arose, ate then slept again, studying the role of play in academic readiness. When you and I went to Kindergarten we spent our days playing animal farm, painting at easels and reading picture books. These days Kindergarten is a lot different. While developmental Kindergartens still exist, public school is focusing more on standards which is making the early years more academic and less playful.
Here are a few interesting articles in this regard.
While we espouse play as well as academics, if you’re looking for some guidance, here’s a great resource by Deborah Stewart. One mom said, “Ready for Kindergarten truly is the essential guide for kindergarten preparedness! This book explores all that you need to know to ensure that your child or preschool age students are indeed ready to head off to big kid school. The early childhood foundations are broken down into this one comprehensive, easy to read reference guide. From everyday life skills to very basic core academics, author Deborah Stewart covers them all.”
Deborah seems to understand that it truly does take a village to raise a child. This book offers useful information for parents, grandparents, nannies, teachers, or anyone who may come in close contact with your child. Each chapter of the book focuses on a large category of developmental skill sets that your child should know. Within every chapter, Deborah breaks down each of the several skills individually by: 1. What Your Child Should Know, in which she describes exactly what your child should be able to do independently upon entering kindergarten. 2. How You Can Help, in which she suggests tips and activities to help your child master these necessary skills. 3. Review, Revise, Re-visit, in which she suggests ways for readers to informally assess how well their child understands each skill. For each of these skills, Deborah offers practical, easy to implement teaching applications for both at home and in the classroom. Find Deborah on Pinterest as well.