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Is She Ready?

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I've mentioned before that we worry a bit if we've taught Macy all she should know entering kindergarten.  We feel like our little spawn is woefully intelligent, charming and quite a nice little human being for a five-year-old, sans the random temper tantrum.  But, does she know the basics that they expect her to know in order to have a nice soft landing in school?  That's a little stressful for us because this is our only child so we really don't have a clue!  Macy knows the things we "think" she should-ABCs, counting, how to spell her name, basic shapes, colors etc.  In today's world is that still what kindergarteners are supposed to know?

Thankfully, the school district must know we're out here, wondering, because they included a kindergarten readiness booklet in the packet we recently picked up from our school.  The packet included crayons, clay, a few colored blocks, the book "If you Give a Moose a Muffin" practice sheets for the alphabet and 1-20, as well as a few other things, along with this booklet.  There was a nice outline talking about the types of things kindergartners should have experience with, including cutting, shapes, their letters and it encouraged us to have her play with these items over the summer.  What a nice idea.

We felt pretty good that Macy has a decent handle on these types of skills, but it was the booklet they included that we found most helpful.  It included they type of knowledge she should have.  We were expecting the basics like knowing the alphabet, how to count, but it also included a few things we weren't expecting... Does she know her address and phone number?  Does she know the names of her family (including aunts, uncles, cousins etc.)? Does she understand the difference between real and pretend?  These are all good prompters because we talk casually about this stuff but we get to be more purposeful about teaching it to her over the remaining summer. 

Macy is a real book lover so the suggestion we think will be the most helpful to us is to use story time as an opportunity to explain what's "real" vs. "pretend" and to ask her questions along the way to understand her perceptions of the stories she's hearing.  Great tip!

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