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Are your students required to read at a certain reading level, know a specific number of sight words, count and write to a certain number, etc? What makes a child ready? What are red flags to you that a child is NOT yet ready to begin first grade? Also, I sometimes get children who miss the public school kindergarten cut-off by a few days (i.e. a September 9th birthday). Would those children be allowed to enter first grade in your school district if I promote them to first grade, but you find that they don't read at the same level as you'd require from children who are promoted from your kindergarten?

I teach private kindergarten at a day care center (infants to kindergarten) in PA. The twelve children in my class will attend public first grade at four different school districts. Our center is NAEYC accredited and a Keystone Stars 4 star center. Basically, this means that my program is supposed to be play based and very heavy on child choice, so unlike in public schools, my cl...See More
jo/ma (long) First, I just want to thank you for asking about this. It sounds like you are absolutely on the right track for preparing your kids for public school first grade. Every year I get 2 or 3 kids from play-based kindergartens and we do struggle for months trying to catch them up to their peers. They do usually catch up by June. Our kindergartens tend t...See More
Apr 4, 2009
jo/ma a minor correction My Office 2007 "long e" symbol didn't transfer correctly into my post...

>Segment the sounds in simple words (you say “feet” and the child says the three sounds separately).

On 4/04/09, jo/ma (long) wrote: > First, I just want to thank you for asking about this. It > sounds like you are absolutely on the right track ...See More
Apr 4, 2009
Also Be able to follow oral directions when given to a group of anywhere from 20-35 kids, rather than waiting for them to be given individually.
Apr 4, 2009
Thanks jo, that was VERY helpful! NFM On 4/04/09, jo/ma (long) wrote: > First, I just want to thank you for asking about this. It > sounds like you are absolutely on the right track for > preparing your kids for public school first grade. Every > year I get 2 or 3 kids from play-based kindergartens and we > do struggle for months trying to catch them up to their > pee...See More
Apr 4, 2009
check your local school website Standards are highly variable across the country. If you go on the county/township school website they should have standards posted. Check out the standards for 4th quarter or end of kindergarten.

On 4/04/09, Thanks jo, that was VERY helpful! NFM wrote: > On 4/04/09, jo/ma (long) wrote: >> First, I just want to thank you for askin...See More
Apr 8, 2009


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