Kindergarten reading - FamilyEducation
Kindergarten reading
09/10/2007 at 16:14 PM


   My son's in 4 y/o preschool now.  He's been reading since 3 1/2,  and the prereading activities they do in preschool are things he knew since he was 2.  I worry that in kindergarten  he'll be really bored, get in trouble, and not reach his full capabilities.  Do schools have advanced reading programs in kindergarten?  Do teachers have kids on different curriculums? 

   I don't think his teacher knows he could read.   Should I tell her he's way beyond the work she's giving him?  I'm proud of my son,  but don't want to sound like a bragging parent,  or like I'm labeling him as "gifted."   To me, every kid is gifted / talented in certain areas.   But I want my kids to get the best education they could get, as every parent does.  Any thoughts?  Thanks

Just a note to say I just read replies to the "Boredom at school" post.  Very good advice.  I'd still like to hear if anyone has more for me.  Thanks.


At our school, my son was in a class with a few kids that picked reading up early in Kindergarden.  The teacher recognized this & they each spent some time every day with the aide reading short stories to build on what they knew.  By the end of the year, just over 1/2 the class was reading.  I don't think it is bragging.  I would mention that you have been reading together a lot & that he is doing well with it.  By doing this, she can possibly start to arrange some 1 on 1 time with him to continue the skill.  If not, maybe mention it to the guidance counselor so she can set up something if the teacher is unable. 


I know I'm late...

At our school there is a kindergarten readiness assessment in the spring before kindergarten starts. Then there are assessments at regular intervals during the actual school year. As the children progress, their needs are addressed. This is also true for 1st grade. (I'm sure they continue this procedure in other grades, I just haven't experienced it yet. My dd is only in 1st.)

Definitely talk with your teacher...often. Most schools have adopted curricula that takes different learning levels into account...especially for the early years.

Good luck!
GKL 8.18.01
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Reading readiness is the biggest focus in Kindergarten, another is behaving appropriately in a group.  If your boy is in a pre-school program, that is probably already addressed as well.  I would make an appointment with the school or school district psychologist and talk to that person about your child, before the child even gets to school.  I grew up in a small town, so the school personnel were already aware that, for instance, my brother was probably not going to learn much academic stuff in school.  He already knew the academic stuff.  They used his talents (he got to run all the media stuff) so he didn't feel like school was a complete waste of his time.  My first grade teacher had me read stories, while she used the time to correct papers.  That was win,win,win.  She got her correcting done during class, the class got to hear stories, and I got to read material with challenging vocabulary and story lines.   By the way, we all thought that we were all normal.   Probably because normal is a lot broader category than people seem to think it is nowadays.