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Research Binder

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Claudia Arana

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by:Claudia Arana Research Binder Play Creative Expression Trends and Policy Issues http://www.education.com/reference/article/informal-methods-assessment/ Assessment, Screening, and Reporting The K Child, Family, and Programs Developing Cognitive, Social, Emotional, and Physical Needs Language and Literacy Science Social Studies Teaching & Learning in the Kindergarten Year The Age Gap http://www.marylandfamilymagazine.com/2005/12/02/1156957-kindergarten-age-gap/ "Red Shirting" http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57459888/redshirting-holding-kids-back-from-kindergarten/ Reading http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Organizing-a-school/Starting-Out-Right-Pre-K-and-Kindergarten/Starting-Out-Right-Pre-K-and-Kindergarten-full-report.html Synapses http://www.bu.edu/synapse/2011/11/27/kindergarten-has-it-right/ Social Life http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/862-kindergarten-social-changes-what-to-expect Classrooms http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Top_10_Signs_Good/ Bringing in the Family http://www.rtinetwork.org/essential/family/engagingfamilies http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CEoQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fextension.unh.edu%2Ffamily%2Fdocuments%2Fec345_think.pdf&ei=W69YUMWuCpOs8ASvtICIAQ&usg=AFQjCNEK2COOhnC0jjNmNvTdt5bL2qe6vQ&sig2=LEd59rlidhQ-ZlRUkHiFNg Conceptual Thinking http://www.scholastic.com/resources/article/help-your-child-think-big Refleceting http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CD4QFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.donegalchildcare.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F07%2FSection-4-...-Enabling-Children-to-Plan-and-Reflect-on-their-Learning-PDF-VER.pdf&ei=qrBYUMSxD4qi9QSHkoGQCw&usg=AFQjCNFfNnsk4XnBBjMI-Lq1VPTy8QdN5w&sig2=zpSWCml0Q3FnmNaZilfN3w Diversity Skills http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/197157/chapters/The-Need-for-Social-and-Emotional-Learning.aspx Relationships http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/policy/im2008/acfimhs_08_21_a1.html Experience http://www.readingrockets.org/article/11375/ Changes http://www.aasa.org/SchoolAdministratorArticle.aspx?id=8450 Centers http://www.mrsmcdowell.com/centers.htm Assessing http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/assessment-strategies-quotnewquot-kindergarten Justification I liked this article because everyone seems to be
so focused on how old their child should be when
they enter kindergarten. This article tries to explain
that its not all about the age; it's about the readiness,
support, the efforts and strategies that the teachers use. Whats important is that
parents and teachers understand
that a child's age does not determine
what a child can achieve. I will use this knowledge in
my classroom by not writing a
child off based on his/her age.
Giving each child the support and
putting in all my effort to make them
successful no matter if they are 4, 5, or 6
years old! Justification I liked this article because it showed
different parents perspectives about how they
felt about sending their child to kindergarten
a year late. It was kind of ridiculous I thought
how dramatic some of these mom's made this
issue. I thought that it was important
because as a future teacher it is
necessary to know that their are
many parents who are trying to hold back
their children to give them some sort
of advantage over the other kids. It will be my
job in my future classroom to watch out for the
younger children and not let them get picked on
or taken advantage of. Justification I liked this article because
it gave real statistics about the
difference preschool makes as well as
full-day kindergarten. I went to preschool,
full-day kindergarten, and am also
Hispanic so it's cool seeing those
statistics about how those educational
choices benefited my life. I think that it's
important because as
a teacher you have to
know what the statistics
and research are saying
to know where your students
are coming from. I will use this information
in my future classrooms to
make sure to give that extra
help to those students who didn't
get a chance to go to preschool.
My goal will be to get everyone
at the same place make sure that
every child could experience that extra
attention that they would have received
in preschool or a full-day experience of
kindergarten. Justification I liked the article because it
is about the importance of nap time.
Not only is it shown to be important for
young children to take naps but also
for adults. It is important because the length
of your nap makes a difference.
Too short of a nap will leave you as tired
as you were before you went to sleep, but
too long a nap will leave you more tired
then ever. The perfect amount of nap time is
about 20 to 26 minutes; proven to show
increased performance at 34% and increased
alertness at 51%. I will use this in my future classroom by making sure that
my students can get a mini nap if they are really struggling
or unfocused. I know that I won't be able to let the whole
class have nap time every single day if I am in the older grades, but I will be able to speak with the nurse and if I
know one of my students just needs a boost of energy, it would be worth my while to just send them to the nurse
for a quick cat nap. Justifications I liked the article because
it compared what kindergarten
used to be like to what it is today.
It was interesting seeing how much
things have changed since. It is important because
as a future teacher I can't think
back to when I was in kindergarten
and do the same kinds of things with
my class. Times and standards have changed.
One thing I have always been told is that
"To be a great teacher, you mustn't repeat what
your teacher did for you...or else you are teaching
in the past." These are students of the 21st century! I will make sure to
be a new and creative
teacher. Teaching for the
students of today, not my
experience of early
childhood. Justification I liked the article because it was
really clear and descriptive about
what every single kindergarten
classroom should have in it. It wasn't
just about the physical appearance of
the room, it was about how the students,
and the teacher should behave as well. It is important because
the setting of kindergarten
is what decides how a child
feels about school. It also
makes a big impression on the
parents about what kind
of teacher you are. I will use this as a resource to
help me create my classroom
the way it is supposed to be. I
want to be able to incorporate
everything that proves to be
beneficial for children and their
learning. Justification I liked this article
because it explained the importance
of involving the families and communities
into your classroom! It is important to bring
the family into your
classroom because they
are able to help and support
your students as well. It also
creates a strong, tight classroom
community where everyone feels
welcomed and involved. I will make sure to use
drop-off and pick-up
time to my advantage and
get to know each parent.
Let them know how well
their child did on their
spelling test or something
positive. Also, it is a great time
for me to get to know something
personal about their lives such as
hobbies, interests, etc. Thinking? Justification I liked this article because
it explains how preschoolers
think. That they believe that
everything is alive, in magic,
and can't separate fantasy from
real life. It is important because I might
be working with children that
are this age, so I must be able to
try and make them understand the
real world. Teach them to understand
the difference between fantasy and
life. It will give me an advantage to
already understand this before going in
to work with them and not know how
they are thinking. In my classroom I will teach students
to learn the difference between fantasy
and real life through play and experiences.
It is important that students learn on their
own with toys, materials, and most importantly
through their own personal experiences.
I can help monitor and make sure to create
times and experiences for them. Lastly, they
just need time. Justification I like this article because it not only explains how children think abstractly, but it talks about you as a teacher or adult can influence and encourage children to think abstractly. It is important that children
learn how to think abstractly
because it is what helps them
understand things around them,
and allows them to think about
things in multiple ways. In my future classroom I
will encourage abstract thinking
by creating hands-on experiences
for my children. Experiencing and
asking questions will be HUGE
parts of learning in my room. Justification I liked the article because it
explained why reflection for
children is crucial and then gave
a number of different kinds of
strategies that would help a child
reflect on their on thinking and
learning. It is important because children need to
be taught how to reflect, it is not something
that most people are born knowing how to
do. It helps children learn more about
themselves, others, and their strengths and
weaknesses. In my future classroom I will make sure to
include the children into planning. Make it
part of their everyday routine. I will ask them
to elaborate their own plans and how to
record their plans. I love to plan...
so will my students by the end of the year. Justification I like this article because it focuses on the obvious need for acceptance of people that are different from the majority. They call it, "another way to be smart." I like that because it is true, it's common sense and everyone from children
to the teachers need to gain skills working with diversity. It is important because people
need to be able to work with
diverse people. It creates better
rounded people, who in the end
work better together as one
happy classroom. One big
community of different students. I will create acceptance and
community in my classroom
by exposing my students to
diversity. I think that it is
so crucial in this day in age,
especially living in the United States,
and Lancaster as well. This is where
I plan to teach, so I know diversity
is all around me. Justification I like how the article
gives many studies about
how the relationships that
children had with their
preschool teacher made such
an impact on their future. It is important because preschool teachers
leave such an influence on each child they come
in contact with. Just by giving personal
attention to each child and creating a one-on-one
positive relationship with each student can
shape what kind of student they are throughout
the rest of their academic career and more. In my future classroom I will
always give my students that
positive relationship that makes
all the difference in the world. It
is not just about me, but about the
kind of classroom I run, such as
physical appearance, the behavior of
the children, and the attitudes in the
classroom. Justification I liked this article because it is very clear,
organized, and thorough about everything that
is happening in the preschool years related to language and literacy. It also goes through the preschool issues giving information on how to understand and help resolve those common issues. Experience is the most important thing that helps
a child learn. The more they do something, the better
they will be able to relate and really understand it. That
is why good teachers have students do all kinds of activities over and over again that focus on the same thing. This way the child can experience something many times in different ways, until they know it. In my future classroom I will have
lots of opportunities for my children
to experience language and literacy
because it will make them better
readers in the future. Justification I liked this article because it goes into
many details about the dramatic changes
that kindergarten has been through. That
kindergarteners barely get any play time,
everything is being controlled by
standardized tests. It is very important to understand the
stresses of being a kindergartener today.
Also to remember not to relate how
kindergarten was for me, because it is
a whole lot different today. Just because it is required to spend
a certain amount of time on certain
subjects, does not mean that I have to
take play and hands-on learning out
of my future classroom. It means just
thinking creatively and finding new
ways to bring play into the lessons. I liked this article because it was
focused on each child's
individual needs. Explaining that
at such a young age, each child
should be evaluated based on
their progress not based on
what other children can do.
They are all so different at this
age still. It is important to keep records on each child to
have evidence of their progress and their
achievement. It is also important to do informal
and formal assessment in the classroom and keep
record of how the students are doing for future
reference. In my future classroom I will make
portfolios for all my students to keep
an ongoing portfolio of everything that
the students do; that way I have a way to
physically see the progress each student
has made, as well as proof for their
parents or the principal. I like this site article because it was created by
another teacher. A teacher with experience of
how things really work in a classroom. She gives
a brief explanation of the importance of centers
and then gives examples, pictures, and activities
that can be done in all of them! I think that centers are very
important in the younger ages.
It keeps them engaged, moving,
and lets them learn through
experience and manipulatives. I will most definitely have centers in my
future classroom! I think that they are lots
of fun for the kids. It lets them collaborate,
gain hands-on experience, stay active,
engaged, and experience learning through
play. Checklist Here is the actual pdf checklist from my
school district of the k4 classroom I am in
this semester. (School District of Lancaster.) To see the whole checklist go to this link
then under:
Our Schools
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist It was a pdf so I couldn't get a direct link. Justification I liked this article because it showed me what
my preschool is looking and expecting from the
kids that I spend my Wednesdays with. It is so much
different than what I was expected to know in
kindergarten. This is real, it is what the School District
of Lancaster is actually using to assess their children with. It is important because now I know what the
kids I am writing lessons and working with
are expected to know. It will help me know
what to spend time teaching them as well.
It is also important because it just shows how
much kindergarten has really changed. I can use a checklist like this in whichever school
I work in to know what my school is expecting
my preschoolers to know before they go into kindergarten. It is just so intense, because a lot of this
stuff I thought you learned while in kindergarten.
The expectations of being a preschooler are becoming
a lot higher with these kinds of lists made for
new kindergarteners to already know. Mathematics What to Expect http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Kindergarten_math/ Justification I liked this article
because it explained and described the types of things that kindergarteners should be ready to learn. It also gives clear examples in a list format. This is important because as
a teacher I must be ready to
know what the students will
come into the classroom knowing. I will use this information for
my own classroom, especially
if I was teaching Kindergarten
because it would prepare me to know
what the children are expected to know
and also help me get my own lesson
plans ready for the level that these children
may be at before they even start school. Learning through Play http://www.scholastic.com/resources/article/kindergarten-math/ This article was interesting because it was
making a clear point that kindergarteners
are still 5 year olds, and that 5 year olds
still do love to play...despite what the
rest of the education system is trying
to make kindergarten. I thought that it was important because it helps remind teachers that children love play and learn best through play. I will use this
in my future classroom
by making sure to let children
learn through playing,
practice early math concepts
through playing with toys
or manipulatives. Adaptive Learning Games http://www.abcarticledirectory.com/Article/Teaching-Kindergarten-Math-Through-Adaptive-Learning-Games/1566131 I found this article very interesting because it was showing a different kind of way to individually work with children. It is important because
these kids are being
brought up in a very
technological world
and as teachers it is
important to relate school
with things they do in real life. As a teacher I will incorporate independent
learning using online games and activities
as part of my teaching. I think that it can
be individualized and assessed very quickly
using online games and activiites. They
shouldn't be the only method of teaching,
but should be a part of it. Key Concepts http://www.schoolsparks.com/early-childhood-development/math-number-awareness I found this article interesting because
it had a brief description of all the key concepts
that kindergarteners are learning, even some
preschoolers! It had an example and a picture
as well which was very helpful. This article is important
because all children must go
through these different learning
stages to master all the concepts.
This could be like a list of everything
that needs to be learned by the end
of the kindergarten year. I will use this in
my classroom I think as
a checklist form of
assessment, as well
as a send home resource for
parents, because it is easy
to understand and has visuals, as
well as examples. Sequencing http://www.ehow.com/info_12161854_sequencing-patterns-math-skills.html This article was interesting
because it described the importance
of children learning sequencing and
patterns and how that has an effect on
future mathematics skills. Patterns are important to
learn because they help children
learn to see similarities and
differences that will later make
math problems easier to work
with. I will practice patterns
as a type of morning activity
with the kids during morning
math problems. I think that
it would be good to do it as
a whole class first, and then
as the year progresses allow
the students to solve the patterns
on their own. http://www.kindergartenkindergarten.com/2010/07/we-are-all-scientists.html How to start Science... I thought this article was very
interesting because it was full of
fun ideas that teach science in
creative ways for kids! It is important to know how to
teach science to young children
because they learn different than older children.
Also kindergarteners aren't used to
having separate subjects such as science,
math, social studies, etc... I will use this in my classroom by incorporating
literacy such as stories, and hands on experimenting in
my science classes. Young children learn best through
playing and experimenting, anything that can relate to
their real lives help them understand a million times better. Science Center http://www.kindergarten-lessons.com/kindergarten-science-center.html I thought this article was really interesting because it is about how to create an effective science center in your
kindergarten classroom. I think this is very important to incorporate into your kindergarten classroom because it will help the children
experience science on their own and really learn to understand things in their own ways. I will use this in my classroom because
the kids will get to do hands on experimenting and investigating. They will also be able to learn to work alone and record data based on their predictions and
experiments. Notebooks http://pstraubie48.hubpages.com/hub/pstraubie48hubpagescomlittlekidslovescience I found this article very interesting because science journals are something that I don't remember having as a young child, it was something that I would do in middle school or high school. I think that they are great for young children! Science notebooks are a great way to incorporate multiple subjects into one activity. The students are learning science material, practicing writing, spelling, and reading all at the same time. Young children are also learning simple skills such as book skills like setting up a book, going left to right, etc. I will definitely have science journals in my classroom, regardless what age I'm teaching they can be modified for any age level. They are a great way to keep a running record of each child's work, because everything is in one notebook. It can be a portfolio or a keep's sake for the child or parents. Projects http://www.educationaltoyfactory.com/kindergarten_science_projects.htm This article was interesting because it listed a book as a resource for teachers to find really cool, fun, and age appropriate science projects to do in your kindergarten classroom! This is important because children learn much better when they are experiencing something rather than just hearing it or learning it from text. I will definitely invest in reading the "50 Science Activities for Kindergarteners," because it gives lots of different simple, fun learning experiences for children. Experiencing is key for children to understand and learn. Technology http://www.acu.edu/academics/cehs/programs/teachereducation/spotlights/program_spotlights/kindergarten-tech.html I found this article interesting because technology is something that is new for this generation, especially for being brought into schools and learning. It was something that wasn't around when I was in school, a computer was the most technical thing that I had. Technology is so important to bring into the classroom for the children of today, because it is something that they deal with everyday of their lives, so it must be in the learning part of their lives as well. I will definitely have technology based projects and activities going on in my classroom, even kindergarten because those little kids already know how to work an iPad before they can read or write. I think that being able to bring technology into the classroom will be an advantage and help children learn in a new way, or more like their way, since its part of their everyday life. Studies Weekly http://www.studiesweekly.com/Kindergarten-Social-Studies-Pennsylvania I found this article very interesting because Social Studies
is being cut out of a lot of schools curriculum, so even if you don't get a specific chunk of time dedicated for the subject you can still incorporate these magazines and allow the children to learn about social studies. I think that these weekly readers are important for kids because it lets them learn through a different type of media. I remember receiving something like this with current events and they were cool! It was like a mini magazine. Also they are great because they are made with real facts and information just for kindergarteners! I will have these in my classroom because they are something fun and different for kids to learn with. They give up to date articles and information so even children can be part of the current events! Curriculum http://school.familyeducation.com/kindergarten/social-studies/37429.html I found this article interesting because it is about the main focuses that kindergarteners learn in social studies. I think this is important to know because some schools don't even give out a social studies curriculum. Also, it is important to not teach based on what holiday is coming up. I will spend time teaching about the community and culture as well as the other key concepts that are taught in that young age. I think that these key concepts are very broad and can easily be incorporated into other subjects as well! BrainPop http://www.brainpopjr.com/socialstudies/communities/kindergarten/preview.weml I found this site a great place for kindergarteners to be able to come and learn about social studies in an interactive and technological way! I think that learning through online games and activities is a vital part of a child of today's centuries kid. They are also able to do this on their own without supervision and extra help. I will have children work individually at computers on this kind of website, to enhance their social studies knowledge as well as their computer skills. It is also something that the kids will think is fun and want to do at home on their own time. That means learning out of the classroom, which is what teacher's should strive for! Geography http://islomiyoila.blogspot.com/2012/01/kindergarten-curriculum-geography-all.html I found this article interesting because it gives out great books to teach geography to kindergarteners with. It also shows some fun projects to do to help teach geography to young learners. I think that learning geography is important for children to know. It is great to start with them learning about themselves and their community first and then learning about others. Using literature is a great way to teach about social studies and all the concepts that fall under it. I will bring literature and the fun activities that I see in this article into my classroom. I love when children get the chance to learn about themselves and about their own community, because I think too many times people don't know enough about who they are and where they actually live. It's good to actually spend time on it in the classroom. KWL Charts http://www.ehow.com/info_12022324_benefits-kwl-chart.html I found this article interesting because I have always learned about KWL charts and I remember having to do them a few times throughout high school. I think that KWL charts are important because they help the child activate their prior knowledge and help them think about what they want to learn throughout the unit. It gets them brainstorming. I will make sure to do the L part of the chart that can sometimes be forgotten and is a great assessment tool for teachers to see what the students have learned. I think that the K and W part are important for the teacher as well because it helps to know what the students may already know, their misconceptions, and also what they want to learn, to make sure to touch upon those things. http://www.artwithinreach.org/the-importance-of-art-in-my-kindergarten-classroom/ Importance of Art I found this article very interesting because the author is saying how art in her classroom is one of the most influential things she can do for her students. I think that art is very important to provide for your students, ESPECIALLY at such a young age. It helps let their creativity show and grow. I will use art in all types of different forms in my future classroom so that they will be effective for all different types of learning styles. It is also important to build that creative side of a child so that they keep it with them as they grow. Music http://www.musictogether.com/importanceofmusic I found this article interesting because it focuses on the importance of music, when society today is so focused on testing materials. Music is important to keep in the kindergarten classroom because it helps the child develop spatial reasoning, it also creates an interest in music so that the child will have an artistic side later on in life. It is important to develop a sense of music while the child is still young, also it helps with fine motor skills and kinesthetic movement. I will use music in my future classroom to help the students practice their fine motor skills as well as learn rhythm. http://www.helpguide.org/life/creative_play_fun_games.htm I found this article very interesting because it is about the importance of play for children but also for adults. Play is important for children because it helps them relax and stimulate the brain. Everyone always emphasizes the importance for young children to get the opportunity to play but it is also very important to keep play apart of your life as you grow older. I will make sure to give all my students the chance to play and learn from play. I will also make sure that no matter what grade I am teaching that all the students will get some play time, as well as myself. Expanding the Mind http://www.teachingthinking.net/thinking/web%20resources/robert_fisher_expandingminds.htm I found the article very interesting because it talks about how creativity isn't something that you have to be born with to have. You can learn it and become a more creative person based on good teaching strategies and activities. I found the article very important because with all the testing requirements in schools children are becoming less and less creative and it is important that children have a creative side because it helps them become better problem solvers, have better self esteem, and confidence. I will use the strategies that were listed in my own classroom to help my students become more creative students. I always loved arts and crafts but there are many more ways to help boost creativity in children. Cheap Crafts http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com I found the article very interesting because it is a great resource for fun activities and crafts for young children that are almost free to create. Crafts for children are very important but crafts that cost nearly no money are even better because they can still help develop the child's creativity but not break your wallet. The article has links with all kinds of different crafts for children with step by step directions and the materials needed. I will use the arts and crafts ideas to support creativity in my classroom. It is also a great resource for when you are trying to use up old supplies laying around the house or even asking your students to bring in small things from home such as buttons, or recyclables, etc. Tools http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/assessment.html I found this article very interesting because it is clear and simple to understand and is full of great tools to assess kindergarteners appropriately. Assessment tools are very important because teachers need to be able to assess how a student is progressing as they learn. These tools are specifically made for kindergarteners so they are simple and appropriate. I will use the different links and PDF's to help assess my future students. Informal Methods I found this article very interesting because it gives different types of informal assessment methods along with a description so that each method is clear what to do and the purpose. I found this important because all these different types of methods will be necessary to assess the children. You can't always only use one form of assessment so it is critical to have multiple forms and to know which is most appropriate for different scenarios. I will use this chart to make the right choices of which type of assessment form I will use to assess my own students. Strategies http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/assessment-strategies-quotnewquot-kindergarten I found this article interesting because children are required to be tested at such young ages now and this allows the parents to know what their child will be tested on. Testing strategies are important especially when we live in a world that test scores seem to mean everything. At least by making parents aware of what is expected they will be able to have the chance to prepare their child. I will use this information to help my students who are behind to learn these basics first. Also, sending this information home to parents who have younger children at home who will be able to benefit from this information in the future. Assessment Explained http://www.kinderiq.com/kindergarten-testing.php I found this article interesting because all the assessing and testing is being explained so that parents can understand why it is required now. I think that understanding the reasons behind all the assessment and testing is very important to know, especially as a future teacher and as parents. I will use this information to explain to parents the importance of assessment and why their child is being tested and assessed all the time. I will make sure to give them the benefits and how it will help their child in the long run. http://www.education.com/reference/article/why-assessment-important/ Importance I found this article interesting because everyone thinks of assessment as a negative thing when it can be looked at as something positive that is in place to benefit their children. I think that knowing the benefits are very important to know because they will remind us as future teachers what the purpose of assessment is. I will make sure to use the results of the assessment to help construct better ideas for teaching the students based on which learning methods work best for them. Full Day Kindergarten http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/state-data-repository/full-day-k/2012-pennsylvania-full-day-k-factsheet.pdf I found the article interesting because it is about our state and it is just weird to know that their are really no real rules about kindergarten and it just seems like in a country that values its education so much...why is kindergarten not mandatory and held higher up along with the other grades? I found this article important because teachers need to know what the state provides and that full day kindergarten programs are not one of them. This could be something that teachers could fight for and encourage parents to do the same. I will use this information in my own classroom by providing the best kindergarten education to my students, knowing that the state doesn't pay for anything. It will also have me fighting for state funding. Education is important and early schooling is important and necessary. Full vs. Half http://www.naspcenter.org/assessment/kindergarten_ho.html I found this article very interesting because it gives the advantages and the disadvantages of both half day and full day kindergarten programs. Each are backed up with evidence and research that has been found in both. I think that this article is important because as a parent it is an important choice you will make, deciding which type of school is appropriate for your child. This article gives you facts and evidence about what benefits each have for your child and also what disadvantages there are. I would definitely use this as a way to decide what is right for my own future child. I think that it is a good resource to get out to parents that have young children who will be enrolling in kindergarten in the upcoming year, so that they can make the choice based on research and evidence. Let them have hard evidence so that they can make their choice based on what is best for their individual child. Learning Standards http://www.pakeys.org/uploadedContent/Docs/PD/Standards/Kindergarten%202010.pdf I think this is a very interesting article because it covers everything that your kindergartener is expected to learn. Everything is very clear and specific. Having a set of standards is very important because it guides the teacher and keeps the students on track learning the things that are required of them for their age level. I will use these standards (or newer ones) in my future classroom when creating lessons and objectives for my children. I already use them and they give great examples and are very specific to what needs to be learned. Family Involvement http://www.hfrp.org/evaluation/the-evaluation-exchange/issue-archive/building-the-future-of-family-involvement/promoting-parent-school-relationships-during-the-transition-to-kindergarten I found this article interesting because it is about the importance of involving family in the home to school transition of young children. It gives evidence and studies that show that it does make a difference on the child. I think that family involvement is very important for a young child because they need that extra support when they are trying to feel comfortable at a new place. Parents need to be supportive and involved so that their child can feel better and succeed. As a future teacher I will encourage and provide many opportunities for parents to come into the classroom and interact with their children. I think that it is important even if the parent can only make it in for a short amount of time. Also as a teacher I will be flexible and work with the parents' schedules to make sure that every child can experience their parents' involvement in the classroom. Being Part of the Community http://www.ehow.com/info_7908145_kindergarten-community-service-projects.html I found this article interesting because it is about being part of the real community in kindergarten, not just building classroom community and I think that is very important. This article is important because community is important, teaching young children the importance and actually letting them become a part of it, will help them understand and feel a part of it. They will be doing good for the community and also learning things they may have never knew about where they live. There are tons of different things you can do in your community, there are links of well known organizations and I will definitely have my students head out to help the community! It is a great way to go on a field trip but also make a difference in the community and teach the children about helping! References The End
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