I've just joined this website to connect with teachers around
the world. I live 45 mins south west of Sydney in Australia.
This is my 3rd year teaching kindergarten (1st year of proper
schooling after preschool).
The age difference can be a whole year or so between students
here. Some are still 4 turning 5 when they begin school. Others
turn 6 during their kindergarten year.
Our school year begins in January and finishes in December, as
our summer holiday is in December over Christmas.
The age difference really shows. Those who are younger tend
to stay at the bottom of the class as they are not
developmentally ready for school yet. It becomes difficult for
them and other students see them as 'babies' of the class. I try
my best to help them in any way possible. Other students need
some more challenging work of course, because they are ready
At the end of the day they are still all little kids and we make
learning fun for them and play-based as much as possible.
I have 21 children. No aide. In Australia we tend to have
teacher's aides when there is a student in a class with a
learning disability who needs extra help.
I hope you and your helper are able to work well together and
maintain a productive classroom with all those cute kids in the
same room. Have fun!
On 8/08/16, ido wrote:
> I am a kinder garden teacher from Israel
> I'd like to know about the age difference in usa.
> Here a 1 aged group for pre school kindergarden would
> meen: from september to december including, will be 5th
> birthday and from january to next september 6th birth
> By the way, maximum in class would be 35 kids with 2
> adults (teacher and a professional helper)
> Is it the same in the usa?