I typed into the Google search engine, “What every Kindergartener should know.” I scanned the many websites the appeared because of my search and found the following.
What every Kindergartener should know:
1. Letters – The names of all the letters and be able to recognize them.
2. Numbers – Should be able to count to 30 and recognize numbers 1-10.
3. Name – Needs to spell first name at minimum but preferably first and last.
4. Attention – Should be able to sit still for 20 minutes and focus on teacher.
5. Pencil Grasp – Be able to hold a pencil correctly.
6. Scissors – Can cut with scissors
The list could go on for a while but I will stop before I bore you with too many academic abilities. Looking at this list, I have to stop and consider, as parents and teachers what our priorities are. Is it to have the smartest 5 year old on the block? The 6 year old who can count to 100. Are these things most important in life? It seems to me that we need to rethink our priorities. Here is my version of “What every kindergartener needs to know”
1. Sharing – How to take turns and be a good friend.
2. Play – Creative, imaginative play; this does not include video games, television or movies.
3. Speech – How to pronounce words correctly to prevent them from needing speech therapy
4. Questions- Have an inquisitive mind and a desire to learn.
5. Manners – Be polite and treat others the way you want to be treated.
6. Love – Love and be loved; each child should feel accepted for who they are.
7. Jesus – Every child needs to know God’s word, the Bible. They need to know that they are God’s children and He loves them with a never-ending love.
Maybe, my essentials for every kindergartener are not they same priorities the school boards have, or the principals have, or even the teachers but I do know that they are helping to create respectful, God fearing young women, out of my girls.