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Kindergarten

An Open Letter To My Son's Kindergarten Teacher

Philip Kovacs | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
Philip Kovacs

It concerns me a bit that you are going to require him to "With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers." Did you know there are countries that don't teach reading and writing until kids are 7? Seven years old!

Meet Me Back in Kindergarten: Why Kindergarten Shouldn't Be About Tests

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Rainesford Alexandra

Gone are the days of snack time and learning to share toys with your neighbor, or learning through trial and error how to be kind. Kindergartners are no longer little humans on the cusp of their Big Adventure and learning how life works.

The Real Secret of School Success

Hilary Wilce | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

The journey through school is a long and winding road, and the only consistent thing along the way is you -- their loving, attentive, often long-suffering parent.

Last Days of School

Karen Cordano | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Oh, pompous, naive, foolish Karen. When will you get over yourself and start actually listening to the more experienced parents?

To Our Kindergarten Teacher on the Last Day of School

Jenn Horton | Posted 06.12.2014 | Parents
Jenn Horton

You encourage. You strengthen. You guide. Reading? Check. Writing? Check. Math and Marine Biology too? Check and check. But what happens beyond the books is where the real magic happens and allows for those checks to find their balance.

What I Learned In My Daughter's First Year of School

Sarah Dille | Posted 06.05.2014 | Parents
Sarah Dille

I stood off to the side, my heart beaming with pride, my eyes filling with tears, and wished that I could have known last year, as I lost sleep and grew more grey hairs, that kindergarten isn't about the end of childhood at all. It is so much more about beginnings.

Our Last First Year

Kim Simon | Posted 06.05.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Memorize this, you silently cry, as you look around the nursery littered with board books and diaper cream and stray socks and lovey blankets and burp rags that are no longer being used. This is our last first year.

A Tale of Two Kindergartens -- Well, Three Now That I Think About It

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In conversations about education, there is a lot of talk about "higher expectations," and it isn't always clear what that means. But in the last few ...

Reflections of Canceled Kindergarten Music Programs

Jason Endacott | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

When America stares into the mirror of education, we see our societal self staring right back. So I was particularly disturbed by a story about a kindergarten show in New York that was canceled so that the students could continue to work towards becoming "college and career ready."

College Prep for Kindergarteners?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Eventually, kids who are curious will want to learn from books, from teachers, from tech. But substituting top-down "education" for free play isn't preparing little kids for college or careers.

7 Things Babies Should Give Up Right Now If They Want To Get Into Harvard

Melissa Sher | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Who cares about learning to get along with others, problem solve and think creatively? What 5- and 6-year-olds need is more college-prep time! You know what? What BABIES need is more college prep time!

Still Concerned About What's Next for Early Childhood Education

Laurel Bongiorno | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Laurel Bongiorno

There must be a vision for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classrooms as engaging, interactive environments, full of open-ended opportunities for play as learning, and focused on early childhood learning guidelines that address the whole child's learning and development, not just on early academics.

9 Common Parent-Teacher Conference Phrases, Decoded

Jeff Bogle | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

I have, just today, finally and once and for all, decoded the common phrases spoken by teachers at all elementary school parent-teacher conferences from coast to coast.

Preschool Problems in an Adult World

Suna Senman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

Placing emphasis on how we raise our children early on will help society overall when we choose our leaders, determine our policies and relate to one another.

50 Super Quick Things I Want My Kindergartner To Know On Her 100th Day

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

Just be you. No one can do it better... But, call your mother while you're at it.

An (Over-The-Top) Guide to Reading Into Your Child's Valentines

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

Those at the top of their social game will choose a box of cards featuring an ensemble cast and give them out hierarchically. Simply put, you want your daughter to get the Jennifer Aniston, not the Lisa Kudrow.

Teaching Art Appreciation, One Platypus at a Time

Wendy Francis | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Wendy Francis

How hard could it be chatting about famous artists and their paintings with 5-year-olds? The 20-minute session seemed to swim with possibilities for great encounters and one-liners from innocent minds.

Doing Prekindergarten Right

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

American leaders are beginning to address the deficits in our country's early education system. However, President Obama's call for a major expansion of public prekindergarten education does not go far enough.

The Common Core In My Classroom: A Teacher's View

Teach Plus | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Catherine Tighe As we leave our morning meeting, my kindergarten students decide which learning center they will go to. Some mumble a quick outl...

A Million Dollar Opportunity for Mothers

George Halvorson | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

We can now predict with a high level of accuracy by age three which children will be able to read.

Kindergarten Is Too Late -- We Need to Strengthen Brains Earlier Than That

George Halvorson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Studies have shown that the children who come to kindergarten best equipped to learn to read have been read to -- on average -- nearly 1700 hours between birth and kindergarten.

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Starts Early

Constance Mourning | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Constance Mourning

From my experience with both grades, I know firsthand that the kids who have been in Pre-K are better prepared for Kindergarten. They know what it's like to be in a classroom. They have a head start on reading and math. And they just generally find school easier to navigate.

America Can't Afford to Waitlist Its Children's Future

Mark Shriver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Shriver

Children without access to quality early education programs start kindergarten with an 18-month disadvantage, and that gap continues to widen. By the time they are in fourth grade, many cannot do math or read at grade level. And the simple reality is that they are unlikely to catch up.

This Is Why We All Need To Slow Down

Brenna Jennings | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Brenna Jennings

Let me drop the mic on this situation right now: my daughter is more important than whatever is waiting on your work email, or however long the line at Starbucks will be in five more minutes, or the traffic you're going to have to sit in anyway.

What It Would Take To Achieve Universal Pre-K In New York

Carol Kellermann | Posted 12.25.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Proposals to expand preschool opportunities in New York have been prominently in the news. They deserve careful consideration because, if properly designed and targeted, prekindergarten programs can have significant long-term benefits.