So am thinking out loud, not really, just imagine. I need your help. We had a wonderful year in kindergarten. My kinders became readers, writers and mathematicians. We explored habitats, built with a plethora of manipulatives, danced to #kinderchat Symbaloo Symbaloo were inspired by #geniushour passions and learned about helping others (even as far away as the Amazon Rainforest). Specialist marveled how the kinders had matured and how their resilience, when faced with frustrations and challenges, had grown. We clung to our free choice time, to recess and the sheer joy of unstructured play. These could not be negotiable, these are the rights of young children. All my kinders thrived, but not all to the same degree. I recognize this as a truth: in a class of 30 children, needs vary, self-motivation self-direction varies and learning varies. And behavior varies. And my response varies. All these variables influence what happens in a school year. I read many articles about PLAY Free Play is the Best Summer School
and about EXECUTIVE FUNCTION Executive Function
and first grade curriculum in Kindegarten Kindergarten
My kinders are readers, writers and mathematicians. And I say at what cost.
I don’t have to worry about CCSS, nor do we teach to the test, because we don’t test. But I am not naive to think that for some kinders all this is too much. My role then as an indefatigable advocate for kinders is that I see balance as the next best thing. We don’t look back at what was, but see what is and safeguard what we have.
How do you see your kindergarten program? What if any are your concerns?