Uncovered an alarming trend in preschool and head start workshops

by Stacey Kannenburg

I am not a teacher or educator but I have a national platform speaking to educators, schools, parents and kids!В  But along the way, I have uncovered an alarming trend in my preschool and head start workshops nationwide: the majority of preschool and head start teachers that come to my workshops do not knowВ whatВ children are tested on in the first Kindergarten assessment test, so if they don’t know this information, how are parents and children suppose to know this information?В  In fact after testing my teachers at a couple conferencesВ  ONLY 12 of 630 listed those 7 things!В  That’s what is wrong with education!!! Many are astounded and angry that I am the first person to share with them that information.В  I am not even a teacher!В  They have no clue that Kindergartener’s are tested on coins and counting to 100.В  Many know shapes and colors but don’t realize that during Kindergarten kids are expected to know hexagon and octagon by the end of the year. В В So I am on my grassroots mission to change all that!!!

How can parents and kids be ready for Kindergarten when preschool teachers are not on the same page as Kindergarten teachers? If they aren’t empowered at Kindergarten, they are less likely to be involved in First, Second, Third Grade and beyond!

Parents are told during Kindergarten roundup that their child is ready for Kindergarten in fall.В  They are not told what they were tested on so parents assume you tested them on the Kindergarten curriculum you did not!!! You want to change education, it has to begin before Kindergarten! I look forward to hearing back from you about some of my alarming findings!

So when parents come to that first parent teacher conference and they are told that their child only knew 5 of 26 letters all mixed up or was only able to count to 35 on the way to 100; parents feel frustrated and at that point many feel if they can’t help their child in Kindergarten how are they suppose to help in First Grade, Second Grade and beyond!В  At that point, many opt out and let the “teachers” teach their children and become disengaged in the educational process.В I am on a word-of-mouth grassroots mission to help us all come together and get on the same page starting at the core, Kindergarten!

2009 Copyright Cedar Valley Publishing, Stacey Kannenberg; Let’s Get Ready For First Grade!

3 thoughts on “Uncovered an alarming trend in preschool and head start workshops

  1. Not all school systems use the same entrance screening. So are you implying that pre-k teach to the test at this age? Not sure your phrase clue less applies.. learning foundations are important– problem solving skills — basic needs — and language, language, language… not sure any of us will have coins to count.

  2. Boy! Kindergartners all over the country are not required to know the things that you say they need to know. Education is locally controlled and each school district develops their own criteria based usually on recommendations from the state. For you to entitle an article calling teachers clueless is insulting and extremely judgemental. You have done all preschool teachers a great disservice.

  3. I understand you are angry and upset but I am advocating changes in education. If you have ever attended one of my workshops or listened to me on a prior Rebbekah White show, you would know that I have great respect for teachers and I am trying to help make their job easier by helping parents and kids get involved in education, before coming to Kindergarten! Listen to my radio interviews, just “google” my name and you will find them or come visit my blog at http://www.cedarvalleypublishing.com/blog. I believe in homework for parents! I believe that parents and kids want to be involved in education and yet they are not being looped in to be part of the solution. The teachers that came to my workshops were shocked at what we uncovered. They realized that there needs to be more communication between preschools and Kindergarten classrooms. My teachers begged me to bring this to the national spotlight because I am not a teacher, therefore I can not be fired by bringing these needed changes to light! My preschool teachers were correct, they predicted that I would receive requests to cease and desist to therefore stop talking about this subject and I promised them that I would not!

    So, what do you think should be on that national list that parents need to know to get their kids ready for Kindergarten? If you don’t like my list, than let’s put one together a better one, one that you will be willing to share with parents and kids in your area? So you don’t think coins and counting to 100 are things that Kindergarten classrooms test on the first assessment? I can’t tell a parent they need to have problem solving skills or basic needs or language, language, language because they will not know what that means — you need to tell them exactly what you want them to know! What should that list say?

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