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September 4th, 2006, 08:11 PM
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School has started & homework is already being assigned. You may be wondering, how should I help my child? What is too much help & what is too little? It can be confusing to know what limit to set & how to actually assure that you are positively affecting your child’s educational interests at home. Here are a few articles I have found that you may find useful.


Homework Tips for Parents
This article discusses how you can encourage your child to do their homework.


General Tips for Homework
General guidelines

Kid Source Homework
This is a great website that has VERY helpful information when wanting to help your child w/ homework & study habits. It is targeted for elementary & middle school children.

The websites below are for your children to use to get help for their homework when you aren’t there or when you can’t help them. I think they are great!

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Site
This site lists more than 100 other sites that help w/ homework! It is great! It was created by a student, age 16, & is now posted at Discovery.com.

Homework Help
You can either have a basic membership (no cost) or a paid membership. Either are good.

Homework Spot
This is another site that offers help for K-12.

Encarta
Encarta has always been a great source for help no matter what grade level a child is at.

Kids Health
Kids Health is an excellent resource for both children & parents!

Discovery Students
Discovery is one of my favorite sites! It will become one of yours also!

National Geographic Kids
National Geographic is a site & has a great kids publication.

Yahoo Homework
Yahoo’s site for helping w/ homework.

I could go on forever so I am going to stop right here. If you have any other sites to add, please do! I think this will be a great thread to come to when help is needed!
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November 5th, 2006, 09:52 AM
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LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT:
Describes pictures with 3 statements
Uses present progressive verbs
Responds to open ended questions
Uses words to describe characteristics of an object

GROSS MOTOR:
Runs, Gallops and Skips w/o falling
Can hop on one foot 5 or more times
Kicks a rolling ball
Throws a ball with direction

FINE MOTOR:
Can string 10 small beads
Can use crayon or pencil with control
Controls computer mouse
Can lace a sequence of holes
Uses scissors with control
Holds pencil properly (with pinched fingers)
Completes 15-25 pc. puzzle

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT:
Understands fantasy and reality
Respects property and materials
Identifies community helpers
Understands and respects differences
Finds more than one way to solve a problem
Organizes toys for pretend play
Perserveres with self chosen tasks
Knows the Texas and Unites States flags
Participates in cooperative play and group activities

PHONICS:
Recognizes upper and lower alphabet by sight (not in order)
Reads color words
Reads number words to 10
Knows phonetic sounds of consonants
Recognizes word blends
Knows vowel sounds
Knows some sight words

LANGUAGE ARTS:
Identifies what's missing in a picture
Distinguishes left from right
Knows concept and names opposites
Knows days of week and months of year
Reasons inductively
Can put pictures in sequence
Knows vitals (whole name, address, phone number, birthdate, city, state, parents names)
Knows concept of author and illustrator
Can focus attention on a speaker w/o interruption

MATH:
Rote counts to 100
Counts backwards from 20
Counts by 10's and 5's to 100
Knows concept of 0-20
Knows geometric shapes
Recognizes coins
Knows measurement concepts (cup, tsp. etc)
Knows number words to 20
Knows simple addition and subtraction
Compares sizes and puts in order with ease
Knows parts of a clock and tells time to the hour
Understands the concept of more and less

WRITTING:
Can trace and outline
Can write first name
Writes uppercase and lowercase letters
Writes number 0-20
Draws a human figure with body parts (hands, feet, eyes etc.)
Dictates off board
Draws all shapes
Writes simple words and phrases

SCIENCE:
Observes weather changes
Knows seasons
Understands gravity
Understands the difference between solids and liquids
Knows parts of a flower and understand the growth process
Knows how human needs are met
Understands the five senses
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January 6th, 2007, 11:14 PM
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Are these things to know before Kindergarten..or skills they should know by the end of Kindergarten?

I live in NY, not TX, and these for the most part seem to be the things they teach in Kindergarten as opposed to what they should know beforehand.

I know every state is different but I guess I'd be curious how a child would learn many of these things if they don't go to preschool and if they don't have a parent who is willing or unable to teach them this stuff?
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January 7th, 2007, 01:05 AM
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They are a little different to the competencies we have here in Australia, but they sound to me like what the child will be able to do/understand by the end of kindergarten
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January 7th, 2007, 01:52 PM
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I don't think I know all that...
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January 7th, 2007, 03:58 PM
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I don't think I know all that...[/b]
Some of the things on the list are perfectly reasonable for a child entering Kindergarten regardless of what their background is.

However, some of the things that aren't picked up in daily life like knowing blends, reads number, color and sight words, telling time, familiarity with money and measurements, addition and subtraction, writing simple words and phrases, and all the science requirements are a little innapropriate for a child who didn't go to preschool and didn't come from a "teaching" home.

I'm not saying that any of these are unreasonable for an almost Kindergarten to know, if someone has taken the time to teach them, just unreasonable to learn from play and everyday experience.

I've looked around and for the most part these seem to be what children are learning in their Kindergarten year. Now I know there are some esteemed, academic slanting preschools that may be teaching this stuff but for the most part kids are only expected to know the basics going into Kindergarten (names, addresses, phone numbers, able to write name, identify letters, colors, shapes, listen to a story, count to 20, have age appropriate verbal skills etc...).

The title may have just been unknowingly misleading as to what it's directive is . I'd say the list is a good comprehensive list for what you're child should be learning about half way through Kindergarten.
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January 7th, 2007, 09:12 PM
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I attended Kindergarten where my mother was also a teacher (she taught 7-12 social studies and K-12 library), and I very distinctly remember learning most of that list in 2nd grade. Kindergarten was alphabet, shapes, and colors. That's it. First grade was numbers up to 100 (no counting by 5's or whatever), adding, subtracting, and very simple spelling/reading. Of course, that was over 25 years ago.
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January 13th, 2007, 11:00 AM
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From what I gathered, most pre-K school in TX use this as a guideline for their curriculum. It in no way is what that have to know. As for the science, it is appropriate b/c of No Child Left Behind & the movement of the USA towards a more math/science geared curriculum. In 5th grade, children MUST be able to pass a state science test & being able to be introduced to science at such an early age is very important in their success w/ the test.

This list came from what the state of TX deems as necessary curriculum for a pre-K program. I got it from a friend that is a pre-K teacher. She said for the most part, many of their students achieve some varying degree of success on most of what is stated in that list. I am by no means an expert & do understand that it may seem like quite a bit but in the long run, the more you are able to expose a child to (in terms of education), the better the child's education will be. It is like telling us a child MUST know how to multiply by 2nd grade. It may be that they need to start being exposed to multiplaction but not master it.

I hope this clarifies any misconceptions !
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January 16th, 2007, 02:34 PM
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Thanks! I was starting to wonder about Ben knowing all of that stuff BEFORE kindergarten, too!
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January 17th, 2007, 06:54 AM
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Glad I could clarify things b/c I surely do not want a mom to come in here & think that their child is not going to be able to do all this BUT as we all know, a curriculum is set up based on outcomes & the outcomes for a child in pre-K or K is that they should be able to do most if not all of this by the time they get to 1st grade. If they do not, then they are starting 3 steps behind & no mother wants their child to go into a classroom ill prepared.
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January 29th, 2007, 04:44 AM
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I am glad I found this....I was just searching for info on what we needed to be ready for starting in school in the fall
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June 23rd, 2007, 12:44 PM
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A site I use often and reccommend is www.eduplace.com
It has printable worksheets on all levels for reading, english, math, science, social studies and graphic organizers. It is through Houghton Mifflin. Even though it isn't my textbook it is a great secondary source. It also has games your children can play including work mats for counting money and place value.
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June 24th, 2007, 10:12 AM
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TY so much for adding that! I agree, that is a really great resource!
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January 18th, 2008, 04:27 PM
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A great interactive website for children is www.starfall.com. Alot of our teachers and parents use it. You can use it with your preschoolers all the way to an intermediate level.
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