In our nation, we're now experiencing the perilous impact of less play at kindergarten. Kids in the US are battling depression, anxiety, narcissism, and suicide at alarming rates. By looking to Germany, Japan, and Finland, though, we find inspiration to reboot and restore joy to our classrooms.
Our country's obsession with an "earlier is better" philosophy is cruel to children in kindergarten. A teacher points out how homogeneous reading groups, too many standards and assessments, and the elimination of imaginative play are evidence of this.
Sometimes kids can use some extra help getting started in reading. These ideas can help get your child up to speed or even ahead academically.
Teaching number sense from 1-100 to young children can be challenging, but is important for a strong foundation in math. This magnetic 100 board made a huge difference for us.
A longtime educator argues that moms and dads are best suited to teach their children how to read. She explains that schools have made it onerous, having kids memorize sight words and drilling them on digraphs and blends. She urges parents to bring back the joy so kids will become lifelong readers.
Is your child ready for kindergarten? Important things to consider before starting kindergarten, a quiz to make sure, and the argument for waiting a year.
Lesson plan ideas, videos and worksheets for teaching Jack and the Beanstalk.
This article has printable kindergarten worksheets that you can download and print to make learning fun.
Preparing a child for kindergarten can be easy if you know what your child's school requires. Not only does your child need to be intellectually prepared, but also emotionally prepared. Starting school can be scary for a child.