OT Any Elementary School Teachers

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Keli - February 6

as an elem PE teacher.... she needs to know how to stand in line,sit BEHIND, BESIDE or IN FRONT OF someone... ( for real you'd be amazed at how many K's can not follow basic directions). She needs to know how to tie her own shoes... write her alphabet... and be familiar with the sounds of the alphabet. you may get on the schools website, and email a K teacher, and find out if there is anything you could do, to prepare her for K. And if you get that teacher, you will have one head step up on the ladder... she will be impressed! Jumping jacks, situps and pushups are optional!!! ( just kidding)

 

Lisastar9 - February 6

sahmof3 why does your son have to know how to read in kindergarden,by the end of grade 1 yes,kindergarden I don't think so. I would find out the requirements for what he needs to know in kindergarden. My son has a great website for grage one call starfall.com

 

Rabbits07 - February 6

Lisastar9, we live in the good ole US where they ARE expected to read in Kindergarten. I think it is a US thing now anyways. I'm in VA and I know sahmof3 is in PA. My now 8-year-old son actually had to repeat kindergarten because he didn't learn to read. He could count, recognize his letters and numbers, etc. , but he couldn't put the sounds together to read and they wouldn't allow him to go to first grade. They had an end of year program and I was absolutely astonished at the things some of these kids were doing....pointing out states on a map and naming their capitals, talking about time lines and events of US history...no joke, kindergarten students. Things have changed so much from when I was a child, even from when my oldest two were in K. Then they learned their numbers, letters, abc's, etc. and at the end of the year you were given a list of sight words to work with them on over the summer and asked to try to help them learn them as it would help their transition to reading in first grade. Not now! Now if they can't full b__wn read a book in K then they don't go to first. And they won't hold them back two years either...if they don't get it the second time around then they just push them through the system. Then you end up with high school juniors and seniors who can't even read.

 

sahmof3 - February 6

Yeah...Rabbits is right about that! My son is expected to read. I think this is why (at least in our school district) they say that kids, and especially boys, with summer b-days should wait until 6 years old to enter. When he first started coming home with the readers that he had to learn to read the pages were easy... like... The Bear, The Cat, The Car, etc. Now I can give you an example of his book from today "We are painting green gra__s. We are painting 2 red flowers. We are painting 3 blue birds..." that was what he actually had to read and he can write similar sentences. At the BEGINNING of the year we walked past the 1st grade cla__srooms and they had written mini essays. Stuff like, ...My name is _____. I have a dog. I like blue. I live with my mom and dad..... I just looked at my dh, because this was the very beginning of the kindergarten year for us and I was like, "Uh, yeah, he can only write I, am, at, in... how on earth is he going to be writing stuff like that by NEXT YEAR!!!" (Had a little freak out moment lol). But they push them along and now I can't believe how far he has come in a few months. Amazing!

 

sahmof3 - February 6

...also when we went to the meeting for registration the pricipal said that even parents who had kids in K just 3-4 years ago will be surprised at how much more is expected of them now. They get a few weeks to review (review, not learn) their letters and sounds and then they dive right in to learning to read! i can see why so many kids have trouble!!

 

Rabbits07 - February 7

Starting the second week of school in first grade the children have to do book reports. They aren't really long or anything, but the whole concept is mind baffling. Academics have been stepped up so much which makes me wonder why we are still turning out such ignorant graduates? As I mentioned before there are people that I work with that are juniors and seniors in high school that I have actually had to define words for while we were having a simple conversation. Example: One evening Ashley, a 17 year old, actually made the remark to a customer that she really didn't feel like waiting on him but she guessed she would since he insisted on eating there (I know, I know, you don't even have to say it....lol) anyways, after he left I explained to her that she couldn't speak to customers that way and she asked why not and said that she wasn't serious. I told her that it was rude and derogatory and she asked what derogatory meant. There have been other times that others that work there have asked what a word that I used meant! I don't think my vocabulary is that baffling so I don't understand why high school students don't know these things. It just seems like this accelerated academic pace is non-effective.

 

sahmof3 - February 7

Ahh....Rabbits... a book report? Yikes. I am breaking out in hives at the thought.

 

Rabbits07 - February 7

Yes! And fairly early in the year they go over punctuation, capitalization, etc. and once they cover that then points are deducted for those things. I hate first grade! It's a homework nightmare! All of my children have had ma__sive homework in first grade, but it was only with Alex that I realized how much things have stepped up since my others were there. I think when I went to school we started learning about capitalization and punctuation in the 2nd, maybe even 3rd grade. I'm figuring by the time Mason goes to school he will be doing Algebra in Kindergarten!

 

sahmof3 - February 7

Actually, I think I was to be working w/ Nathan on punctuation already. On his report card the teacher said that he needs improvement in spaces b/w words and punctuation. All I could say was, "What !!?!...!." lol

 

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