Wednesday, April 13, 2011
K is for Kindergarten
In order for Kindergarteners to be reading by the end of their Kindergarten year, preschools (at least state mandated ones like Head Start) are focusing more on academics. It's a shame. When are kids supposed to have fun? When are they allowed to explore?
My Kindergarten class is deemed as a developmentally appropriate K class. Though I have to tell you that I do feel the stress of needing to whip out readers by the end of the school year. How can one not let this expectation bother you?? I feel as though I am doing a dis-service to my students if I am not teaching them to learn how to read. But you know what? About half of them aren't developmentally ready to learn how to read so why push? That's how I look at it. I have to remind myself on a daily basis that it isn't my fault if so and so just doesn't quite get it yet. He's just not there yet and it's okay.