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Your child will love school so much more if they aren’t constantly playing ‘catch up’. I saw it time & time again.
Your child will grow from where they are, so if you start your child behind, they will struggle to stay afloat. If you give your child an advantage and start them ahead of the game, academically, they will continue to soar.
I have seen, through my students, and through my own children, the benefit of being prepared.
Our children have entered (or will enter) into Kindergarten already reading and writing full sentences. (They will enter into school having played through most of their learning because we learn through play at this age, but I also set aside time every day where we sit down and write or sit down and read.)
They will enter reading books. (Two teachers have told me, in the past month, that children need to come INTO Kindergarten already reading to stay ahead with the newer, harder curriculum being presented to our children).
Why do I prepare my children like this? I do this because I saw how it changed things with my own students. When I was a teacher, my higher-level thinkers were more confident. They were prepared and they moved up quickly. They moved in their higher-reading groups or higher-math groups through all of the grades in school. I don’t think they any child really starts out “smarter” than others at a young age, I just think that they are better-prepared and held to higher standards.
The good news is that these high-achieving students were given extra opportunities: They were taken out of class to do extra enrichment activities, like learn a new language, do a fun project or learn new and exciting math problems. They were given these wonderful chances because they didn’t risk falling behind if they missed class to do something else. Usually, they would be pulled from class while I was teaching something basic, that they had already mastered.
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