Kindergarten In Public Schools

I chose Kindergarten in public school because the grade I want to teach is Kindergarten and I will probably be teaching in a public school so I wanted to see what was necessary for a teacher to know teaching this age group and what the students requirements are scholastically to go on to 1st grade.

The top 5 things I learned:

1) That there is a lot more than kindergarteners need to learn to pass and go on to the 1st grade than I had suspected.

Main concepts that kindergarteners must now to enter 1st grade:

Besides the basic skills needed to read, write,and do math
  • Recognize and form uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
  • Match sounds to each alphabet letter.
  • Recognize and use rhyming words.
  • Begin reading words by using initial consonant sounds and such sound patterns as -an and -at (fan, man, can) and (sat, rat, pat).
  • Recognize a few frequently used sight words such as: the, and, is.
  • Capitalize the first and last name of a person and the word "I".
  • Count, recognize, and write the numbers up to 20.
  • Identify, draw, cut, and name squares, circles, triangles, ovals, diamonds, and rectangles.
  • Classify and group objects according to such characteristics as shape, color, size, texture, and so on.
  • Understand how people in communities work together.
  • Use their five senses to make simple scientific observations.

2) Many kindergarten teachers not only put art work up for the view but also because the different sorts of colors and shapes will help students relate them to ordinary day objects.


3) That each teacher will have their own way of teaching the concepts, but they all relate back to the same basics: writing, reading, and math (mostly with shapes).


4) Teachers are taught that most questions they should ask should be open ended to help the child's thought process and opinions form.

5) Kindergarten classes are now teaching children how to tell the basics of time.


Resources:


I really enjoyed this slideshow that showed the basics of what students need to know for oncoming years, such as: communication skills, cognitive skills,signs of an over placed child (class is too hard), personal-social skills and how to change behaviors at the early signs of a problem. 22 slides I would give it a 5 out of 5.


While I already had knowledge and experience of most classrooms being fun and vibrant and a generally happy place, I had always thought the reason for such a thing was to have a happy, safe environment for children, I never caught on that many of the "colorful objects" actually had a purpose, such as the following video tries to show. Although I really enjoyed it I thought there was a few other subject to touch on so I give it a 3 out of 5.



The next few videos that really showed me something interesting was how kindergarten teacher incorporate easy tasks, fun items, and open thinking to help a child learn and remember basic knowledge to be used for the rest of their education I give them all 5 out of 5's because they all taught me things that I never knew as well as interesting teaching techniques to help me in my future classrooms, that were slightly outside the box.

TEACHING STUDENTS HOW TO READ


MATH


HOW TO WRITE


SPELLING


SHAPES


Time
In Words
Example
12:00
Twelve o'clock

1:00
One o'clock

2:00
Two o'clock

3:00
Three o'clock

4:00
Four o'clock

5:00
Five o'clock

6:00
Six o'clock

7:00
Seven o'clock

8:00
Eight o'clock

9:00
Nine o'clock

10:00
Ten o'clock

11:00
Eleven o'clock

12:00
Twelve o'clock