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Pre-K: How to prepare your child for kindergarten

Obese Woman
Posted by Tara White on August 25, 2011, 2011

When my oldest child started kindergarten, I had mixed emotions. I was happy because this was a milestone in her life and the beginning of her future independence. I was sad because I had to leave her in a new environment. I was excited because I knew she was about to explore the world via education, but, I was also apprehensive because she was entering the public school system. There were many decisions I had to face like do I allow her to go to her base school or find a school that met my specifications. It was like trying to look into a glass ball and see the future based on my choices. Her base school was predominately white. Based on the school statistics, it was possible that she would have been the only African-American child in her class. How would the next five year influence her future? What kind of impact would this have on her personality? After researching elementary schools in the county, I decided to send her to a school that was more diverse. I was happy and satisfied with my decision. We went to orientation and on the first day of school, my daughter was ready for me to leave. I felt good with my decision and comfortable leaving her as she started her journey. That was twelve years ago.

ABCmouse.com: Full Online Preschool - Kindergarten

Today, more schools are diverse, but now I have to deal with the disparities of academic achievement among the races. According to the 2009 -2010 North Carolina state report card, 47.0% of African-America students passed BOTH the reading and math tests as oppose to 78.7% of white students. Based on this information, how do you choose the correct school for your child? How can you give your child a head start when they enter the public school system? The "No Child Left Behind Act" seems to be leaving many of our children behind and not looking back.

You should always know your child’s capabilities. Whether it is being able to count or say his/her ABC's or naming colors and shapes. One year prior to your child starting elementary school, find pre-school lesson plans. Take 30 minutes a day or every other day to go over the basic ABC's and 123's. Material can be found at many bookstores as well as online websites like ABCmouse.com. Give your child an educational head start before entering school at ABCMouse.com. You can search the web and find printable worksheets and lesson plans. You can also go to a daycare that offer a pre-k curriculum and ask them for a packet or lesson plan. This is an easy way to assess and evaluate your child's knowledge and abilities. Stay focused and allow your child to learn at his/her own pace. The main thing is to have them familiar with the phonics. When your child enters school, he/she will be one leg up on the competition. Mine was!

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