The Kindergarten year is quickly coming to a close and your child will soon be receiving his/her final progress report of the year. Hopefully, you have seen your child improve and grow with each progress report that he/she has received this year and you see before you a child ready for first grade. I want you to take a good look at the final progress report and if there are areas that your child did not master, or reach benchmark, you should be very concerned! These benchmarks are put into place to ensure that your child will be ready for the challenges that lay ahead in first grade. Your child is already behind his/her peers before even stepping foot into the door of first grade and you have to work hard now, to help teach your child the missing skills. If there are areas that your child has not mastered or reached benchmark in, practice those skills every day over the summer. Many skills needed for first grade are developmental, however, we do need to continue to reinforce these skills until we are certain that rising first grade children know them and know how to use them once they reach first grade. If your child has mastered or met all of his/her benchmarks, you too, have to practice these skills with your child over the summer to be certain that they are not quickly forgotten while your child is not in school. The first month of first grade will be mostly review work as the children refresh their memories and get ready for another year of school. What you don’t want is to send your child to first grade without the proper skills because then it won’t be a month of review, it will be a very challenging month to try and catch up to others.
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We are quickly approaching the end of the 2nd quarter of Kindergarten. It is hard to believe that we are coming to the halfway point in our school year. Report cards will be going home the first week in February in most school systems and that is usually when parents begin to get a little anxious. Most parents are aware of the progress that their child is, or is not, making at school but many parents want perfection on the report card. In my school system, Kindergarten grades with the numbers 1,2,3,4 or 5. Receiving a 4 is Benchmark and is what most children will be receiving in June. I repeat June. The more appropriate grade to receive midyear would be a 3. This is NORMAL! We are only halfway through our program…halfway! Remember that we are still teaching and your child is still learning. Parents, if you had a year to learn a foreign language, how would you feel if halfway through the year your professor expected you to know what you should know by the end of the year and gave you’re your final exam?. That wouldn’t seem fair at all would it? Well, parents you are putting the same type of pressure on your child when you expect grades of 4 or even 5’s in mid year. It just isn’t going to happen. Please pay close attention to your child’s strengths and weaknesses that are given in the report card and make a goal to work on those weak areas so that your child will be able to make benchmark grades by June.