Do you have a child who is currently in kindergarten? Or do you have a child who is about to enter kindergarten? If yes, then this article is for you. We all know that kindergarten classes prepare a child in different aspects before entering grade school. It is where they meet new people like teachers and classmates who could enhance their social and communications skills. It is also where they learn the numbers, alphabets, and shapes, the basics of reading, writing, counting, and such. There are several pieces of information about kindergarten that we as parents must be aware of to ensure that our child experiences the best.
Among the things that children learn in kindergarten classes, reading is one of the most important. Schoolahoop will tell us seven important benefits of reading to your kindergarten child.
7 Important Benefits of Reading to Your Kindergarten Child
It is the first day of kindergarten and so many questions are running through your head as a parent. The main question I recall having when dropping off my son for his first day of kinder was:
Is he ready for this?
There wasn’t a manual on things to do when preparing your toddler for kindergarten and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Since then, I have joined our CFBISD family as an advocator and educator in/outside of the classroom.
My colleague and I sat down and had an in-depth discussion on the current classroom expectations for kindergartners and the importance of the parents introducing various experiences while guiding discussions and questioning with young children.
It makes a tremendous difference in the transitioning your child from a toddler to a kindergarten. These experiences can occur by simply reading books to your child. Read more here.
A kid who doesn’t have even just a bit background and knowledge with reading could probably be hard up with learning coping with his/her classmates. However, Gaye Groover Christmus stated in her article below that there are other things worse than not learning to read in class in kindergarten. Let us find out about it by reading her article below.
4 Things Worse Than Not Learning to Read in Kindergarten
The year Sam started kindergarten, he turned 6 in October. He was one of the oldest children in his class, and he didn’t know how to read. When he started first grade he was almost 7, and he still didn’t know how to read. Fortunately for Sam, he entered first grade in 1999. And his teachers, Mrs. Gantt and Mrs. Floyd, didn’t panic if a child didn’t learn to read in kindergarten. In fact, they expected that most children would learn to read in first grade. (They also supported and encouraged children who learned to read easily in kindergarten, like Sam’s brother Ben.)
If Sam had started first grade this year, however, he probably would have been labelled as “slow” or “behind.” Because the new standard is that children should learn to read in kindergarten. Even though most educators know that many children aren’t ready to learn to read until first grade. Even though countries like Finland educate kindergarteners by allowing them to play, not teaching them to academic skills. And even though the new standard causes teachers, parents and even children themselves to worry that something is “wrong” if children aren’t reading when they arrive in the first grade classroom. Read more here.
Everything mentioned above is actually so true. It is normal for a child to be a bit slow with learning things. There should be no big problem with that. In addition, Jessica Smock stated that everything she knows about the kindergarten before is different with the kindergarten now and that is why many kindergartens in Singapore like Chiltern House preschool have a curriculum that caters to the learning needs of different learners, more information can be found at their page here.
Even with a good curriculum, sometimes as parents we also need to whether our child is ready for kindergarten, after all the learning pace of every child is different. Let us read her explanation below.
It’s Okay If Your 5-Year-Old Isn’t Ready for Kindergarten
When people — including his preschool teacher — started telling me that I should wait a year before sending my son to kindergarten (in other words, “redshirt” him), my first reaction was confusion.
He turned 5 during the spring before kindergarten. Five-year-olds go to kindergarten. End of story, right? Sure, he was “young” for his age: He had trouble paying attention during his lessons in preschool and with writing his letters legibly. He showed no sign of interest in learning to read. But, I thought, what in the world would he be doing in kindergarten that was so hard?
When I went to kindergarten in the late 1970s, my classroom had a giant slide and a sandbox. Kindergarten was half-day, and we spent most of our time playing games on the playground, building with blocks, and lying down on our nap mats as our teacher read stories. Read more here.
As time passes by, things really change that is why we shouldn’t expect everything to be the way they usually are. It was easier way back then because there was no much pressure given to children when it comes to learning. Things are incorporated with play that is why children learn faster. They say that the method today is heavier and more complex. With that, we could help our children by practicing them through play and fun and by not letting them feel the pressure and hardships more. Also, if we feel that they still can’t do it, don’t insist. Wait until they are confident that they can do it.