OT Any Elementary School Teachers

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Shana B - February 6

I have a 4 year old who will start kindergarten in August. I am curious as to what they should know before entering Kindergarten. She will be one of the youngest in her class, June birthday, so I am curious what she should already know. I of course, think she is extremely smart already, but that's just my opinion. Any thoughts are appreciated.

 

sophandbob - February 6

What can she do already? Being able to write her own name, know her birthday, know colours, count to 10, know her letter names and sounds, know her alphabet. These are all the kinds of things that they test for as a baseline a__sessment.

 

USMC_wife - February 6

It may depend on the school, but......... full name, address, phone number, and social security number

 

sahmof3 - February 6

What sophandbob said sounds right. I'm not a teacher, but those are the things that my son was tested on for his entrance test (he's in kindy now). They also tested him on things like holding a pencil properly, working well with others (he was in a small group w/ other kids for his test), ability to be separated from parents, scissor positioning and use... those are a few I can think of now. They didn't have to do any of those perfectly... they were just looking for a basic understanding and basic skills that suggested he was ready to enter kindergarten. I'm in the U.S. if that makes a difference.

 

sahmof3 - February 6

... and recognizing and drawing shapes...

 

sophandbob - February 6

Oh yeah - 4got about those - they test fine and gross motor skills. The scissor handling, pencil grip, ball throwing, cooridnation, ability to dress, undress.

 

USMC_wife - February 6

oh....maybe I should clarify........ the things I mentioned are what they HAVE to know before they can start. They are tested for skills and basic knowledge.....this allows the teacher to know if the child will need additional help with learning.

 

ssmith - February 6

Knowing how to dress themselves is a GREAT start -- shoes, laces & velcro, coats, zippers etc. Being able to get their own lunch or snack, throw out the garbage, pack up their own backpack etc. Also, being self-sufficient in the bathroom is another VERY helpful skill. I'm not sure how many people realize how important these skills are because Teacher's cannot possibly dress every child, or help feed them lunch, or tend to them in the toilet. As far as actual curriculum goes....recognizing her name on a page, letters of the alphabet, counting 1-25 etc. Personally, I think the most valuable skills that kids should have for Kindergarten are the basic self-care skills like I mentioned above. It amazes me how many kids come into Kindergarten absolutely CLUELESS about such basic things. They mustn't have had to do a single thing for themself LOL.

 

sahmof3 - February 6

ssmith... I know what you mean (not that I'm a teacher), but... when we had our parents meeting last year (to get registered for K) the school was saying that they really push for kids to have had at least a year of preschool before coming to K because it is more academically challenging and the teacher can't take time to do the personal care stuff. I was glad ds had gone to 2 years of preschool (where they also required many of these skills).

 

Shana B - February 6

Well, she can do most of the things you all mentioned. She can sign about 10 or so words, she can count to 60 (in english), and 10 in spanish. She's been dressing herself since she was 2 1/2 or 3. She definately knows her name and all her letters and shapes. I don't know about SS number. I don't know too many adults that know that. (Unless you're military..hubby was in the Army for 7 years). We're still working on tying shoes though. Where do they do the kindergarten test? She's in Pre-K now so she's experienced with the "school" atmosphere.

 

USMC_wife - February 6

In our school district the SSN is used as the child's identification number. (like to get school lunch, etc.) It is a long number to remember!

 

sahmof3 - February 6

I don't even know my ds' ss# lol. For us the test was done at one of the elementary school's in our district (but not hte one ds goes to). It was done the May before entering because our school has a 6 weeks summer school for kids who need extra help with some skills before K starts in the fall.

 

sahmof3 - February 6

...and this was the first year that they tested and had the summer school program. I don't know how other states/school districts are. Will your dd have all-day or 1/2 day K? Ours still has 1/2 day, but is expecting to shift to all day in a year or two... by the time my younger two go.

 

Rabbits07 - February 6

I think that is all so pathetic...I remember the days when the teachers actually taught. Those were the days that a child didn't have to know anything before going to school, he learned it when he got there. Those were the good ole' yesteryears, I guess.

 

Rabbits07 - February 6

USMC_wife...when I seen your first reply I was thinking, yep, marine corp, even in the schools they have to know their name, rank and social security number!...LOL.

 

mcatherine - February 6

No way in this world would I allow anyone to know my child's SS#. I won't even give it their doctors or dentists. They are minors - I'm responsible for the bill - they can have mine. I can't believe an entire school system used them for identification purposes!!! That really shocks me, espeically in todays age of ident_ty theft. I know a lot of parents that won't give them out to anyone - except confidential files held by the schools administration! wow. Anyway - my son went to private kindergarten, but he had to know how to read and how to write 20 words, so I'm not much help :o( sorry

 

sophandbob - February 6

Rabbits07 - as a teacher myself I find your comment a little confusing. Are you saying teachers should teach everything or have I misunderstood? In some schools in the UK it is now the norm for children to arrive at school at 3 without an ability to talk (no joke). Teachers even have to toilet train some children. I think that is excessive. I may have misunderstood but I think that it is perfectly acceptable to expect a 4 year old to be able to write their own name, count to 10, know shapes and colours as well as dress and undress themselves and use a toilet appropraitely. I can a__sure you teachers do actually teach - as well as perform the role of the parent for many children too it would seem.

 

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