Chaotic Coordination

…adventures in growing together…

Preparing for Kindergarten December 3, 2009

Filed under: Homeschool — chaoticcoordination @ 7:01 am

To follow is a compilation of lists I’ve found in various homeschool and mainstream school literature regarding preparedness for Kindergarten.

I take such things with a grain of salt as Logan is the only one that can truly decide what he is ready for, no list can do this. Nor am I going to judge him for being behind or ahead. Being labeled as gifted can be just as damaging as being labeled as slow. It is however good to gauge where you at in relation to your past experience as to be able to map where you’re going..

Reading

  1. Speak in five to six word sentences. [x]
  2. Tell stories. [x]
  3. Ask questions and remain on topic while talking about the answer. [x]
  4. Sing songs, and recite nursery rhymes. [x]
  5. Match letters and name letters in own name. [x]
  6. Read own name, symbols, and signs. [x]
  7. Understand a reader looks at print, not pictures, when reading, and that print is read from left to right and top to bottom. [ x]
  8. Be familiar with several stories and/or books.[x]

Writing

  1. Use a mature grasp to hold a crayon, marker, or pencil. [x]
  2. Learn to copy or write readable letters or numbers, write or copy his/her own name, and draw simple recognizable people and pictures. [x]
  3. Pretend to write and read own writing in a left to right direction. [x]
  4. Dictate a story with detail to someone who writes it down. [ ]

Math

  1. Make sense of numbers. [x]
  2. Learn about shape and space. [x]
  3. Learn about measurement concepts of same, less or more correctly. [x]
  4. Recognize, make and describe simple patterns, relations and functions. [x]
  5. Use data investigation to sort and classify common household objects, learn about problem investigation and make decisions. [x]
  6. Learn about the area of randomness. [x]
  7. Learn about structure as it relates to math concepts. [x]

For safety, children should learn:

  • Their full name [x]
  • Address [ ]
  • Phone number. [ ]
  • The name of their school. [x]
  • Full name and place of work of parents or guardians. [x]
  • Location of school either by walking or driving. [x] (er.. he knows how to get home..)
  • The bus corner pick-up and drop-off (before school starts). [N/A]
  • To look both ways and cross streets at safe corners. [x]
  • How to contact available, safe adults in case of emergency.[x]

To support health/nutrition, children should:

  • Wash hands before and after meals, after using the toilet, and as often as needed. [x] With suggestions..
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, use arm not hand. [x]
  • Make healthy food choices from the basic food groups.[x]

To develop responsibility, children can:

  • Dress and undress without assistance. [x]
  • Tie shoes and put on footwear. [ ]
  • Take care of things and put them away. [x]
  • Share belongings. [x]
  • Share in home duties and responsibilities.[x]

Other activities:

  • Playing with other children in their own age group. [x]
  • Using crayons, pencils, markers, scissors and paste. [x]
  • Following the rules and directions you give.[x]

He also knows several Yoga poses, counts to 20, tells time on a digital clock, operates a computer more efficiently than most adults, knows the way to many of our favorite destinations (beach, park, Granddads), builds things out of legos I could only dream , etc. etc.. I’m sure there are many other things that are slipping my mind.

I hope one day that he masters the delicate art of sitting still. He makes me dizzy on a regular basis. I have a feeling if he was placed in a regular school that there would be a lot of notes home.

Triangle

Warrior

Now realize that these look better in person than they do when I take a picture of them. Mommy should really take a photography class. hehe

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