Friday, August 2, 2013

Students are entering Kindergarten 2-3 years behind.

Working together, can create something beautiful!  

Kansas City, Missouri is beefing up early childhood funding; they want to make education stronger in their state.  The biggest obstacle that they face is that children are not prepared for Kindergarten.  “As many as 40 percent of the children who arrive to KCPS (Kansas City Public School) come two to three years behind, and developmentally, it’s hard to catch them up when they start with such a deficit West explained," who is the board chair of Kansas City Public School District.

To solve this problem Governor Nixon wants to invest $17 million dollars in education; the money could be used to provide additional free preschools, strengthen current schools by making curriculum tougher and ensuring teachers are well-qualified.

Based on the newscasters, even if the teachers are qualified and additional schools are open to accommodate more students, the importance of education is not being reinforced at home; the students might still be delayed.

As teachers, we have our own set of personal philosophies; mine is educating students. But in my college classes I would hear professors say that academics should not be the main focal point in preschool that children should not be taught to write their names; instead the focus should be around learning through play.

I felt uneasy about my beliefs because I believe that academics should be presented in preschool and that learning through play was important, but it shouldn't be the only way of teaching students.

Since I started this blog, I realized that my philosophies were not too far off from what preschools need. However, I do believe that children learn through play, it gives them an opportunity to experience and figure things out on their own. Education in any aspect is important. However, it should be presented without causing stress or intense feelings.

 In regards to the article; it seems that we not only need to educate our teachers but our parents as well. To solve this problem I sent home things that involved the parents; not homework, but things that increased small motor development.

Like opening packs of gummy treats without the parent’s help and then asking for the wrapper to be returned with a note from the parent on whether the student was successful or not. I did this, to show the parents that there are additional ways of teaching writing skills before their child actually picked up a pencil.

Teachers, create your own personal and professional philosophies, educate yourself to see whether those philosophies can be used to improve Early Childhood Education. But overall, believe in yourself and involve your parents in their child’s education using creative ideas.

Ms. D  <3

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