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August 19th, 2006, 06:56 AM
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my son is 4 and i am homeschooling him this year for preschool. he will be going to school in kindergarten and i want to make sure i do the best job i can by preparing him for that. what are some things that he is expected to know upon entering kindergarten.
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August 19th, 2006, 07:30 AM
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My recommendation would be to go to the school where he will be enrolled next year and have a conference with the pre-K teacher. Ask her beforehand to please give you a list of the state madated standards for pre-K. These are also available online on your state department of education website. In Okla we call them Priority Academic Student Skills, but I don't think they are called that in every state. Anyway, speaking to the pre-K teacher will give you a good idea of what will be taught during the year. Also, there are plenty of homeschooling resources available online, which you probably already know. A curriculum with a very good reputation among homeschoolers is called A Beka. Here's the website http://www.abeka.org/

Also, in addition to teaching him the curriculum, it is very important that he come to kindergarten prepared to interact socially with his peers in a manner appropriate for school. Maybe there would be a place where you could take him to learn some of these skills, such as a library story time, Sunday school, or other learning environment with other children his age.

I hope this helped to answer some of your questions!

Best wishes and God bless!
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August 19th, 2006, 10:15 AM
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Ditto that... check with your school, your state's education website, and work on social skills outside the home. She hit the nail on the head. I've heard good things about a beka as well!
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August 19th, 2006, 11:38 AM
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Getting the curriculum for your state is an excellent idea! I would make sure that you work w/ him on fine motor skills such as cutting w/ scissors & holding a writing utensil. It is amazing how often I hear from our K teachers at school that the new K students (did not go to pre-K) don't have the fine motor skills needed & are already behind. Also, letter recognition. Pick a letter a week to work on. That will get him way ahead of the game.

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