Grades

    Re: Centers
    TO:Maureen

    Thank you for your kind words. I feel like a fish out of water but
    you and I (and others who have been around awhile) know that we
    are right and what is best for the children is NOT what is
    happening in kindergarten. Hopefully "they" will come around but
    I'm not holding out hope that it will be anytime soon.

    I don't have any specific plans for retirement other than moving
    from here. Right now I am just keeping an open mind and I think
    things will fall into place.

    On 6/25/15, maureen wrote:
    > flacka: when the administrators don't even "get it", it doesn't
    > sound too hopeful, does it? I do think eventually it is going
    > to go back to some kind of "play based" kindergarten because
    > the results will continue to show that what they did to a
    > generation of children didn't work. At least I am hopeful that
    > will swing back.
    >
    > I am retired from teaching Montessori preschool and K multi age
    > after 25 years. Montessori often got criticized by "outsiders"
    > for being too academic and that the children didn't get to
    > "play". When others saw the academic type work the little
    > children did do in a Montessori classroom, it was rightfully
    > assumed that young children are capable of doing much more
    > academically then they typically did in a preschool and k
    > setting. The difference though is that children in Montessori
    > are not taught as a group and there is a built in balance of
    > freedom and structure that allows the children to choose what
    > they want to learn without pressure from adults. If a child is
    > not yet ready to learn letters and numbers, they can choose any
    > number of activities that prepare them for learning those
    > later. That way young children can learn at their own pace and
    > ability.
    >
    > That is what is missing in this "new approach" to academics in
    > kindergarten. Each child is not allowed to learn at his own
    > pace and readiness. Even if a child is not yet reading or even
    > knowing his letters, he is often expected to memorize sight
    > words along with the rest of the class. That is a huge jump for
    > such a child. If movement is not incorporated in the early
    > childhood setting, those same children will miss out on what
    > you were saying - social skills, problem solving, etc. Centers
    > seem to be a good solution for mixing academics with social
    > skill and problem solving for the more traditional classrooms.
    > Without centers, children are missing out on even more
    > opportunities to be a "complete" person.
    >
    > I have always enjoyed reading your posts on this board. Do you
    > have special plans for your retirement? Like I said, I have
    > been volunteering in my grandchildren's classrooms since I
    > retired and it is a great way to keep in touch with education,
    > yet not have to deal with all the pressures (and planning and
    > paperwork) Congratulations on your retirement and I hope you
    > can enjoy many, many years of doing what you love!
    >
    >
    > On 6/23/15, Flacka wrote:
    >> I just retired and at our end of the year party on Sat. my
    >> principal spoke and said how, when I interviewed there 10
    >> years ago, my philosophy was that kindergarten children
    >> should learn through play and that was when our district was
    >> going to standards-based kindergarten. Though he didn't say
    >> it, I know he thought that I was wrong or at least not up
    > with
    >> the times because play isn't part of kindergarten. Later in
    > the
    >> evening I went up to him and told him that I still think I am
    > right
    >> and that if we had more play time in kindergarten the
    > children
    >> would have better social skills and we would have fewer
    >> behavior problems. He just looked at me. SMH