Kindergarten Readiness

I know this is the wrong season for posting about “kindergarten readiness.” But this has been sitting on my computer desk for awhile and I’m finally getting around to it.

We receive a newsletter from our pediatrician’s office quarterly. There are usually articles about keeping kids healthy, preventative safety tips, and an article on a health topic (immunizations, out-patient treatments for whatever, symptoms of the most recent outbreak disease, etc.). On the back of this particular one, there was an article about “Kindergarten Readiness.”

They went into general indications your child is ready in such areas as behavior, verbal ability, and motor skills. The last paragraph was what stood out to me. See what you think:

“Remember, the object of kindergarten is not to make your child a star in the academic Olympics. It is to guide your child to the overall maturity that is needed for a solid start to a good education.”

Comments are welcome.

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3 Responses to Kindergarten Readiness

  1. I’m not touching this one. According to our public school’s performance grades 1-12 are just a continuation of this same policy on readiness. Each grade is just preparing to pass you off to the next one…

  2. Erin says:

    I can kind of get on board here, but only for kg. Many kids have had little or no schooling activities, and quite frankly many have languished in day care since they were 6 wks old. Boys especially have a hard time adjusting from the go-everywhere-do-everything to the sit-down-and-pay attention. I always thought of kg as the transitional welcome to school, let’s get used to the idea thing. That’s why until recently it’s been primarily a half day program that’s not even mandatory.
    Why is it becoming all day? Because parents demand it since half-day day care is so hard to find- you usually have to pay for full-day care to keep your slot. Why is it becoming mandatory? Because kids aren’t generally arriving for 1st grade with a set of social skill and attention span appropriate for a full day of class. Parents are so competitive and want to give their kids the academic edge, so they expect major achievements right off the bat- I think that’s what that sentence was directed at. The cherry on top is all the extra time students spend on stuff other than the basics. Maybe we should spend less time on methods and more on content. Kids from the 40s sent men to the moon, surely they did something right.
    But in the end “kindergarten” is exactly what it means: garden of children, the place where our little ones take their first baby step into a larger word of learning.

  3. KG started because kids didn’t have enough basic skills for first grade. Now we have preschools to get kids ready for kindergarten. What’s next, babyschool? Kids need a chance to be kids before they learn books. Learning at the early ages should be supportive and explorative, not primarily structured and test preps. There’s now studies that show learning differences usually disappear after about third grade anyway so pushing kids into school earlier and earlier just leads to burn out, not smarter teens.

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