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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Are Our Schools In Crisis: Do You Know What Your Kindergarten Child Does All Day In School?

Top Ten Signs of a Quality Kindergarten

According to A Guide to Understanding Kindergarten Presented by the New Jersey Department of Education

1. Children are playing and working with materials or other children. They are not aimlessly wandering or forced to sit quietly for long periods of time.

2. Children have access to various activities throughout the day. Children are not all doing the same thing at the same time.

3. Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. They do not spend time only with the entire group.

4. The classroom is decorated with children’s original; artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and stories children dictated.

5. Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences.

6. Children work on projects and have long periods of time (at least one hour) to play and exploreFilling out worksheets should not be their primary activity.

7. Children have an opportunity to play outside every day that weather permits. This play is never sacrificed for more instructional time.

8. Teachers read books to children throughout the day, not just at group story time.

9. The curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Because children differ in experiences and background, they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way.

10.Children and their parents look forward to school. Parents feel safe sending their child to kindergarten. Children are happy; they are not crying or regularly sick.

Learn More...The Truth About Kindergarten

NJ Kindergarten Implementation Guidelines

NJ Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten
English: Language Arts
Crisis in the Classroom: Why Children Need to Play In School

High Quality Kindergarten Today - video requires newer version of Adobe Flash Player

                                    How are the children?