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smASHface 3 kids; 1 angel baby; French Lick, IN, United States 49491 posts
status 1st Mar '13
Quoting [yo.]:" My 5 yr old niece is in pre-k , she can count to 100, write her first and last name, can write the alphabet/numbers.. Knows all her colors and shapes"

my 5 yr old is in pre k as well and can do those, read, add/subtract smaller numbers (math isn't always perfect or right but she keeps trying til we tell her it's right), she's working on her sight words now too. She's very very smart though and we're pretty sure she's ahead of what's expected of her. She'll start kindergarten this august when she turns 6

smASHface 3 kids; 1 angel baby; French Lick, IN, United States 49491 posts
status 1st Mar '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" They have preschool work books that have kids trace letters and such. That was a big help with Cora ... [snip!] ... he sounds on track Just play to his strengths. Let him lead the learning for right now. Incorporate things he loves"

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I love those workbooks. I just copy them out on my printer x3 and have all my girls do "homework" together. They LOVE it.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46865 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" They have preschool work books that have kids trace letters and such. That was a big help with Cora ... [snip!] ... he sounds on track Just play to his strengths. Let him lead the learning for right now. Incorporate things he loves"


Yeah he does those. We have the white-board ones, too. For some reason there are a few that give him trouble when he has to do them purely from memory. They are T, K, I & J for the most part, which I find funny because they are ones I think that are normally pretty easy to remember.



He is pretty smart all around, but definitely his strong point is art. He draws EXTREMELY elaborate pictures.. like better than a 10 year old. He draws tiny details in things. Like he will draw a Buzz Lightyear and include each and every little crack, nook and cranny in his space-suit and all of the buttons/gadgets. He's pretty incredible with his art. He spends hours cutting/pasting things out of construction paper. The other day he made a mosaic of red/yellow tiny squares that he cut into the figure of a "ninja" and it was incredible. I've never even demonstrated how to do a mosaic.



Do they have an actual art class in kindergarten, like a separate art teacher/class... or is that in later grades?

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46865 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting 3LittleMonkeys:" my 5 yr old is in pre k as well and can do those, read, add/subtract smaller numbers (math isn't always ... [snip!] ... though and we're pretty sure she's ahead of what's expected of her. She'll start kindergarten this august when she turns 6"

She turns 6 in August and isn't in Kindergarten? Here that is first grade. The kids in Kindergarten are just turning 5, or turned 5 in the fall prior.

smASHface 3 kids; 1 angel baby; French Lick, IN, United States 49491 posts
status 1st Mar '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" She turns 6 in August and isn't in Kindergarten? Here that is first grade. The kids in Kindergarten are just turning 5, or turned 5 in the fall prior."

yea, she's like a year behind really but she's not the only one. Most of the kids are turning 5 while in pre-k or are already 5. She just happened to turn 5 right before they started. Things were a bit crazy for us the year we SHOULD have put her in prek. It'll even out when she goes to kinder because she's already got all the basics down. She's completely ready to get harder work.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46865 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting 3LittleMonkeys:" yea, she's like a year behind really but she's not the only one. Most of the kids are turning 5 while ... [snip!] ... even out when she goes to kinder because she's already got all the basics down. She's completely ready to get harder work."

Maybe they will push her ahead to first grade? That happened with me because I was a year behind and at the level of the first graders (where I should have been). They moved me up because I wasn't being challenged enough.

smASHface 3 kids; 1 angel baby; French Lick, IN, United States 49491 posts
status 1st Mar '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" Maybe they will push her ahead to first grade? That happened with me because I was a year behind and ... [snip!] ... and at the level of the first graders (where I should have been). They moved me up because I wasn't being challenged enough."

we are definitely going to be keeping that in mind. I don't want to rush to it but I think it's what may end up happening. I really am not trying to brag about her but she is very smart. She can do math like a pro but she's inherited that. Her dad is IQ tested genius who happens to excel @ math so he's taught her a lot of that. He has he doing problems like x + 8= 11 what is x? She'll get them right too. I'm going to have to get this on video one day cause I'm sure no one believes me LOL. Right now, she's in pre k more for the social aspect than the learning. We're going to ask her teacher now if she can give her some harder homework cause she's bored by the alphabet. In kinder, I'm sure we'll be in this same position.

Mitchell.family.of.5 TTC since Aug 2013; 35 kids; Tennessee 910 posts
1st Mar '13

I just remembered, they have to be able to take care of themsleves in the restroom.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46865 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting Mitchell.family.of.5:" I just remembered, they have to be able to take care of themsleves in the restroom. "

Yeah, he can do that. The only thing I worry about is that sometimes he gets constipated. He takes medication for it daily, so usually it's not a problem- but if that happens at school would they let him go to the nurse's office maybe and use her restroom?



Does someone go with him to the bathroom or is he left to roam the halls alone? That worries me if he would be alone.

Mitchell.family.of.5 TTC since Aug 2013; 35 kids; Tennessee 910 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" Yeah, he can do that. The only thing I worry about is that sometimes he gets constipated. He takes medication ... [snip!] ... Does someone go with him to the bathroom or is he left to roam the halls alone? That worries me if he would be alone."


In my son's school the restrooms are right in the kindergarten classroom.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
1st Mar '13

Don't forget fine motor skills like cutting out shapes with scissors and such. The cutting thing is HUGE. Also make sure he's using the proper hold for writing utensils.

Emma+Abby+Logan+Charlotte 4 kids; Oregon 3628 posts
2nd Mar '13

My daughter is in pre k and a few months ago I was givin a list of what skills the kindergarten teachers would like to see these students have by the beginning of the year. This is the list. My daughter has most of it down .
-recognize first name
- can write first name ( first letter capital the following letters in lowercase)
- recognize letters in first name
- knows basic shapes
- knows colors
-recognize numbers 0-10
- can count to 10 ( my daughter can count to so far 30)
-has book knowledge ( example knows to read from left to write and where to find the author and illistrators name)
- letter recognition/ sound
- self monitoring skills
- toilets independently
- language development ( using more descriptive words not just labeling stuff)
- fine motor development- can write most letters and numbers
- cuts independently
-transitions comfortably between activities
- rhyming knowledge
- sorting skills
- able to make comparisons : longer/shorter , heavier/ lighter, taller/ shorter ect.




In addition to all this in her class there teaching them some more like having the sort object groups of multiple attributes ( eg. Size and shape) . Learning how to identify by appropriate words or gestures feelings , needs and opinions . They also teach them to hold the pencil with thumb and forefinger . They also hone allot of social skills like how to appropriately play with others ( how to share , how to ask for objects , how to have very basic conversations with other children, taking turns ect.) . These skills are just going above what the kindergarten teachers would like to see .

summerbabyX2 2 kids; Pennsylvania 4019 posts
2nd Mar '13

my son goes for his test on Monday. His preschool said they need to know how to write their full legal name, address, phone number, birthdate. He needs to know all colors, shapes, letters, and to count to 30. He also has to be able to perform fine motor skills and gross motor skills (like skipping). My son should be ok with all that but maybe our last name. It's 12 letters long, he knows it but sometimes gets the letters mixed up when writing it. He can also read pretty well (up to stage 2 books) and can do basic addition and subtraction. I'm just worried he'll get nervous and not answer, in our district if they score poorly they have to go to full day kindergarten but if they score well they can go to 1/2 day

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46865 posts
3rd Mar '13
Quoting summerbabyX2:" my son goes for his test on Monday. His preschool said they need to know how to write their full legal ... [snip!] ... in our district if they score poorly they have to go to full day kindergarten but if they score well they can go to 1/2 day"


God lord there is no way my 5 year old would remember to write his address and birthdate. Our address is wicked long. He couldn't spell that! He knows his birthday but not how to write it.



Here everyone does full day kindergarten. There isn't a public preschool,but in the town over they have public preschool and that's the only grade that's a half day. He will be going 8-3:18 m-f.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
3rd Mar '13

They test kids before kinder?

I've never heard of that. Here every kid just goes. There is no testing beforehand. And in my district, it's all full day.