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May 12th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

What to expect

I get an e-mail from Great Schools that lists what I can expect my child to do at the end of the school year. So how are Chunguita and Pulguito measuring up?

By the end of 3rd Grade, you can expect Chunguita to:

  1. Work cooperatively and productively with other children in small groups to complete projects Yes
  2. Understand how choices affect consequences Usually
  3. Become more organized and logical in her thinking processes Yes
  4. Build stronger friendships Yes
  5. Be helpful, cheerful and pleasant, as well as rude, bossy, selfish and impatient Yes
  6. Be more influenced by peer pressure because friends are very important at this stage Yes
  7. Like immediate rewards for behavior Yes
  8. Be able to copy from a chalk board Yes
  9. Be able to write neatly in cursive because the small muscles of the hand have developed vYes
  10. Read longer stories and chapter books with expression and comprehension Yes
  11. Use prefixes, suffixes and root words and other strategies to identify unfamiliar words Yes
  12. Multiply single- and multi-digit numbers (3 x 4,652) Yes
  13. Divide multi-digit numbers by one-digit numbers (165 / 5) Yes
  14. Tell time to the half-hour, quarter-hour, five minutes and one minute Yes

By the end of Kindergarten, you can expect your child to:

  1. Follow class rules Well, he can do this. Whether or not he does it, that is another question.
  2. Separate from parent/caregiver with ease Yes
  3. Take turns Sometimes
  4. Cut on a line with scissors Yes
  5. Establish left or right hand dominance Yes
  6. Understand time concepts like yesterday, today and tomorrow He knows the days of the week and understands the concept behind them.
  7. Stand quietly in a line Pulguito cannot do this.
  8. Follow directions agreeably and easily Sometimes
  9. Pay attention for 15 to 20 minutes Yes
  10. Hold a crayon and pencil correctly Yes
  11. Share materials such as crayons and blocks Sometimes
  12. Know all of the eight basic colors — red, yellow, blue, green, orange, black, white and pink Isn’t this a preschool thing?
  13. Recognize and write all of the letters of the alphabet in upper and lowercase forms Yes
  14. Know the relationship between the letters and the sounds they make Yes, he’s reading very well for a kindergartner.
  15. Recognize sight words such as “the” and read simple sentences Yes
  16. Spell his first and last name Yes
  17. Write consonant-vowel-consonant words such as bat and fan Yes
  18. Retell a story that has been read aloud Yes
  19. Identify numbers up to 20 Up to 1000.
  20. Count by ones, fives and 10s to 100 Yes by ones and 10s. I don’t know about the fives.
  21. Know the basic shapes such as a square, triangle, rectangle and circle Isn’t this a preschool thing?
  22. Know her address and phone number not really

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    Just a teacher comment. Since there aren’t state standards for preschool instruction the way there are for k-12 instruction, some of those “preschool” skills are actually Kindergarten standards.

    Oh, and almost none of my 4th graders can stand quietly in a line.

    Some of that stuff is standards-based and some of it is expectations for typical grade level behavior but is going to be so dependent on teacher and parent expecations, support, etc. Leave alone any learning issues or behavior disorders.

    So, I guess I’d like to say that they should end their list with a disclaimer stating that YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY.

    Liza Lee Miller on May 12th, 2009
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