Saturday, August 25, 2012

National Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

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By Terry Orr

Kayliegh's first day
Earlier this week our grandniece Kayliegh made the very exciting and nervous venture to kindergarten.  August is national Get Ready for Kindergarten month for all parents and guardians who must prep their little ones in time for school. If you are lucky, your child will look forward to the idea of school without too much hesitation. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend half the day playing with new friends and learning about colors?
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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That was the opening line in Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities” but it could equally apply to the first day of kindergarten. Some young children look forward to it as a wonderful adventure while others have to be pried off of their mother’s or father’s leg.
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Some skills that the kids will learn are:
  • Early childhood skills;
  • Letter recognition & alphabet sounds;
  • Colors & shapes;
  • Left & right hands and finger names;
  • Number recognition & counting;
  • Skip counting;
  • Recognizing money amounts;
  • Opposites;
  • Seasons;
  • Rhymes;
  • Positional words;
  • Body parts & the five senses;
  • Frequently used words;
  • Story order;
  • Telling time;
  • Calendar; and
  • Name, address & telephone usage.

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By the way, Miss Kayliegh is having a wonderful time in in kindergarten!!

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