How kindergarten is essential for your child’s education
Kindergarten is an important stepping stone for the children’s education. It could be their first school where they will learn a lot of things which cannot be taught at home alone. Also, it is where they could enhance what they learn at home or what their parents or siblings teach them. In addition, it is where they meet different teachers and other children who could also mold their character and personality. Good manners and right conduct are also taught in kindergarten. By the way, just because it is a school doesn’t mean that play, which is important for them, is not taken away from them because kindergarten is like learning by playing.
Paula Nadeau will explain more about this and the importance of kindergarten through her article below.
The Importance of Kindergarten
Kindergarten is an integral part of early childhood education, sometimes considered a bridge between preschool and first grade but other times considered akin to first grade itself. While the benefits of kindergarten include providing children with a social and cognitive foundation for their education, in Andover it is important to be aware of the different types of kindergarten because not all schools approach education in the same way. In New Jersey, with the wealth of public and private school options available, it really helps to understand the benefits of different types of kindergarten.
Kindergarten enhances social skills in early childhood, at a critical time in the development of the young person. Early childhood educators in New Jersey should ideally create a learning environment conducive to social learning. In New Jersey there are different types of kindergarten classrooms, each of which approaches early childhood education differently. Montessori schools offer children an egalitarian learning environment in which children work together not just with their same-age peers but also with older and younger children, which may not be possible in a traditional kindergarten environment. Read more here.
Kindergarten truly enhances several skills that are essential for the everyday living. Different kindergarten schools have different time of classes. There are half day classes and whole day classes as well. However, one study conducted in Ontario has shown that children who attend full-day kindergarten have gained more learning benefits One such school in singapore is Chiltern house preschool and more information can be found on their Kindergarten website at http://www.chilternhouse.com.sg/kindergarten-in-singapore/ .
Let us now take a look at this article by Caroline Alphonso’s which talks about how the children of Ontario are benefiting from a full class of kindergarten.
Ontario children gain learning benefits from full-day kindergarten: study
Children attending Ontario’s full-day kindergarten are outperforming their half-day peers at the end of Grade 2, according to a new study that upends older research that found the Liberal government’s signature education program made little difference for pupils.
A team of researchers from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto are tracking almost 600 children through the primary grades and have found that full-day kindergarten (FDK) learners are “significantly ahead” in reading, writing and number knowledge. What’s more striking, said Janette Pelletier, a professor at OISE and the lead researcher, is that children enrolled in the all-day learning program showed significant gains in self regulation, which includes the ability to focus, follow instructions and co-operate with peers.
Prof. Pelletier’s findings three years prior with a smaller sample of children in the primary grades found no significant difference between children who attended full-day kindergarten and those in the half-day program when it came to alphabet knowledge, counting and number tasks and writing a sentence. But she said it would be naive to expect a new approach to learn to work smoothly during early implementation. Read more here.
Those were some mindboggling arguments. However, regardless if a child attends a held-day or a full-day class, his/her learning would still depend on the mind’s capacity. On another topic, there has been a new research says something about the way teachers teach in kindergarten today.
Let us find out about it through Christopher Brown’s article below
I’ve been in education for 20 years, and there’s a disturbing trend afoot in kindergartens around the US
Being a kindergartner today is very different from being a kindergartner 20 years ago. In fact it is more like first grade. Researchers have demonstrated that 5-year-olds are spending more time engaged in teacher-led academic learning activities than play-based learning opportunities that facilitate child-initiated investigations and foster social development among peers.
As a former kindergarten teacher, a father of three girls who’ve recently gone through kindergarten, and as researcher and teacher-educator in early childhood education, I have had kindergarten as a part of my adult life for almost 20 years. As a parent, I have seen how student-led projects, sensory tables (that include sand or water) and dramatic play areas have been replaced with teacher-led instructional time, writing centers, and sight words lists that children need to memorize. And as a researcher, I found, along with my colleague Yi Chin Lan, that early childhood teachers expect children to have academic knowledge, social skills and the ability to control themselves when they enter kindergarten.
So, why does this matter? Read more here.
Well, there are really benefits from kindergarten school, but those mentioned above are some findings that parents must really consider and be aware of. As parents, on the stage of choosing a school for your children, you have to be sure that the kindergarten school you will choose would really make your child enjoy learning. You should monitor your child in school. Ask him/her questions to know what is going in class. Also, you should assess his/her abilities to know if he/she is really learning. Assess the teachers too if they are really doing the right thing. If not. Then you should probably transfer your child to another school which could teach him her right.