Lincoln County Superintendent of Schools Steve Boynton and his school board are making it clear to parents and to the community that with the addition of full day kindergarten in local schools, we have a tremendous opportunity to make up for what’s been called “time in class” and “learning” gaps for Oregon school children.
The trouble is, with no long history of full time kindergarten, Oregon schools as well as parents are not up to speed on how to begin their children’s EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – the education that starts YEARS before kindergarten begins.
How young children learn and what they’re capable of learning is widely known. Education experts say it is vital that children begin their learning at a very young age with their parents as their first teachers. One trait of young children’s rapid learning is a highly complex yet subtle form as their little brains “take pictures,” or “imprint” what their parents do and say and how each interacts with the other. The earlier that parents turn part of every day into moments of instruction, the more the child will consider learning as FUNDAMENTAL to life – and that they will unquestioningly value it for the rest of his or her life.
So what is the necessary knowledge that parents or an effective pre-school environment should give a pre-kindergarten child? The Lincoln County School District has a checklist of “must have” pre-k skills to help parents empower their child, or children, and better prepare them for what will become more and more challenging tasks as they become not just kindergarten ‘kids,’ but kindergarten ‘students.’
Here’s a link to the school district’s outline of what skills a pre-k child should have as they “graduate” to kindergarten. Click here.