M.L. asks from Camarillo, CA on February 07, 2008
Tutoring for Kindergarden
Is it normal to have a kindergardner in tutoring? My daughter is entering kindergarden this fall and we are afraid she might be enrolling her too early. My husband suggested tutoring. But I tend to think that elementary is merely a social and adjustment period before true studying methods are utilized. What are your thoughts and how have you felt about your child being ready to start school?
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This week are the information meetings for Kindergarten. We plan to go ahead and enroll and register, but reassess her skills in a couple of months. Her preschool is pushing us to enroll her in the Pre-K class. I think I want her in Pre-K, but my husband wants to put her in Kindergarten and either have a tutor or have her repeat if necessary. I will update again once we have gone through the reassessment. All advice is appreciated.
F.R. answers from Los Angeles on February 08, 2008
here is some info for you...
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Mathematics Content Standards.
By the end of kindergarten, students understand small numbers, quantities, and simple shapes in their everyday environment. They count, compare, describe and sort objects, and develop a sense of properties and patterns.
1.0 Students understand the relationship between numbers and quantities (i.e., that a set of objects has the same number of objects in different situations regardless of its position or arrangement):
1.1 Compare two or more sets of objects (up to ten objects in each group) and identify which set is equal to, more than, or less than the other.
1.2 Count, recognize, represent, name, and order a number of objects (up to 30).
1.3 Know that the larger numbers describe sets with more objects in them than the smaller numbers have.
2.0 Students understand and describe simple additions and subtractions:
2.1 Use concrete objects to determine the answers to addition and subtraction problems (for two numbers that are each less than 10).
3.0 Students use estimation strategies in computation and problem solving that involve numbers that use the ones and tens places:
3.1 Recognize when an estimate is reasonable.
Algebra and Functions
1.0 Students sort and classify objects:
1.1 Identify, sort, and classify objects by attribute and identify objects that do not belong to a particular group (e.g., all these balls are green, those are red).
Measurement and Geometry
1.0 Students understand the concept of time and units to measure it; they understand that objects have properties, such as length, weight, and capacity, and that comparisons may be made by referring to those properties:
1.1 Compare the length, weight, and capacity of objects by making direct comparisons with reference objects (e.g., note which object is shorter, longer, taller, lighter, heavier, or holds more).
1.2 Demonstrate an understanding of concepts of time (e.g., morning, afternoon, evening, today, yesterday, tomorrow, week, year) and tools that measure time (e.g., clock, calendar).
1.3 Name the days of the week.
1.4 Identify the time (to the nearest hour) of everyday events (e.g., lunch time is 12 o'clock; bedtime is 8 o'clock at night).
2.0 Students identify common objects in their environment and describe the geometric features:
2.1 Identify and describe common geometric objects (e.g., circle, triangle, square, rectangle, cube, sphere, cone).
2.2 Compare familiar plane and solid objects by common attributes (e.g., position, shape, size, roundness, number of corners).
Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability
1.0 Students collect information about objects and events in their environment:
1.1 Pose information questions; collect data; and record the results using objects, pictures, and picture graphs.
1.2 Identify, describe, and extend simple patterns (such as circles or triangles) by referring to their shapes, sizes, or colors.
1.0 Students make decisions about how to set up a problem:
1.1 Determine the approach, materials, and strategies to be used.
1.2 Use tools and strategies, such as manipulatives or sketches, to model problems.
2.0 Students solve problems in reasonable ways and justify their reasoning:
2.1 Explain the reasoning used with concrete objects and/ or pictorial representations.
2.2 Make precise calculations and check the validity of the results in the context of the problem.
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S.R. answers from Los Angeles on February 08, 2008
No need for a tutor in kinder, mainly because the material is nothing a parent can't handle! If you think your child will need extra support or extra practice with the content (forming letters, counting, colors, opposites, what have you) then you give her the extra practice- make it a fun, bonding time for you two.
Also, the checklist Julia posted is great to figure out if she is ready. If you decide to go for it and enroll her this fall, then give her a lot of support and practice at home too and see how things look at the end of the year. If she hasn't "caught up" to the level of her peers, then she can repeat kinder. Nothing wrong with that.
ps. I am an elementary school counselor and a mom of an 8 m/o girl.
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P.H. answers from San Diego on February 08, 2008
My son has had a tutor since 1st grade and she has been working with him once a week. I think it was a wise decision we made.She first tested our son to see where he was at in his grade. She will work with him in whatever area she thinks he needs improvement. She also works with him to help him achieve higher a grade level in other subjects. He really enjoys the one on one in her home. She has a point system set up for him, as he works hard she give points. At the end he gets to pick from a prize box....each prize has a point price. It is a great incentive for him. We found this tutor through a friend. We were put on her waiting list and then she called us a few months later. She was a teacher for 30 years and is so wonderful. It has been a great experience for us. She is such a great mentor for our son and he works with her better then with us. If you live in Fallbrook I could give you her name if you'd like. I think tutors are great to have. Good Luck!
P.K. answers from San Diego on February 08, 2008
I have a daughter who I now believe, we may have started her too early in school. We were advised to hold her back in 3rd grade but she was getting fairly good grades and therefore we did not. Her birthday is in October so she is the youngest in her class. It is a difficult decision but now I realize it is better for them to be ahead of the gang then behind. There self esteem does suffer. I think it also does depend if you are considering public or private school. I was a child that was held back in kindergarten and I didn't like the experience but now that I'm going through this with my daughter, it's worse when they are older ( she is now 12). Try to think not about the present but of her future. If you have friends or relatives who have children in Middle or High School talk to them on how rigorous the academics are. You might come to the conclusion that you are now preparing her for whats to come. Elementary school is when they will develop there friendships and hopefully keep through out there school years.
It does traumatise them to be held back in future grades.
R.C. answers from Los Angeles on February 08, 2008
Just play with her! Color, shapes, sorting, glueing, cutting, simple problem solving (puzzles) can all be enhanced through playing with her yourselves. No stress! Just play and enjoy!I would strongly advise not to start filtering in tutors (unless there is a learning disability or social disability that needs the attention of a professional, though you did not mention that). These are fun areas of learning you and your husband can teach through play (about 20 minutes every day). What month will she turn 5? If it is after the school start date then consider waiting a year. She will be in school for MANY years to come. If she is still really enjoying pre school, one more year isn't a bad idea.
M.R. answers from San Diego on February 08, 2008
Hi M. L
If you can have a child go through school old for age --it is a gift you should not lose. And having a child start early is handicapping him or her for life. Sure some young kids do very well but they would have been even "smarter" with another year of development.
THE SYSTEM IS COMPLETELY UNFAIR. But if you have a chance to give your child this advantage, (or disadvantage) chose wisely.
Once kids start, everyone assumes that they are the same age. But old for age students are SOO much older developmentally -- and this can really make a difference. Both of my kids could have started early--they had all of the skills. But by starting late, they experienced school as fun and easy instead of the opposite. They started at the head of class and remain that way today.
In England and Australia all kids start when they turn 5 years of age. This makes so much more sense as it gives every child the advantage of being a a multiage group and then moving on when he or she is ready to the graded system.
K.S. answers from Los Angeles on February 08, 2008
I am the mother of an adult son, a college graduate with honors, who started kinder a year later because of his November birthday. Holding him back was the best thing we did. I'm also an elementary principal. Now....each state has its own cut-off date, so I don't know what you're dealing with. By age 5, girls are about one year ahead of boys in maturity, but you'll have to be the judge of your daughter's school readiness. Elementary school is not what it used to be. It's highly academic from kindergarten on. Our kinders are now writing a multi-sentence paragraph on their own. Sixth graders are solving algebraic equations. So.....what you can do for your daughter now is read books to her every day, get off your cellphone and talk with her a lot, ask questions that get her to think at a higher level (What do you think might have happened if Pappa Bear didn't find Goldilocks?), take her many places such as museums, the library, parks, and limit TV. The more experiences she has on which to build her learning, the more successful she will be. She'll have kinder homework, so make that a fun time between the two of you. Best wishes to you. It sounds like your daughter has caring parents.
L.A. answers from Los Angeles on February 08, 2008
It is common, but depending on the type, you want to be careful. A child should be excited about school and reading... not pushed before their reading readiness is appropriate. I am a fully credentialed teacher and taught in Hesperia before I had my son. If you want tutoring, I'd be happy to help. However, I have a feeling if I met your daughter, I might find that she's perfectly on track. Sometimes outside influences make us doubt too much...