Do not compare…investigate
Do not compare your child to what other children can do. There is always that child in the preschool class who can read. Parents tend to think, “Oh no, I’m doing something wrong, my child cannot do that.” Then you go home and drill reading skills. It’s called “drill-and-kill” for a reason: it carries with it stress and burn-out. There is no research that documents long-term gains from learning to read in kindergarten. An alternative approach is to investigate. Find out early literacy skills typical for children the same age and stage as yours and developmentally appropriate ways you can encourage these skills. I promise you will have more fun!
What to do?
Explore the options for education in your community, read publications on different approaches to early education, interview your educator and observe different kindergarten classrooms. You know your child, so what makes the most sense for him or her? You can always change your mind.
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:
- – Alliance for Childhood. Use on what to look for in classroom environments.
- – Zero to Three. Use on early literacy and developmentally appropriate expectations.
Originally published by Indy’s Child