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ERIC Number: EJ873654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Reimagining Kindergarten
Graue, Elizabeth
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n7 p28-34 Mar 2010
The traditional kindergarten program often reflected a rich but generic approach with creative contexts for typical kindergartners organized around materials (manipulatives or dramatic play) or a developmental area (fine motor or language). The purpose of kindergarten reflected beliefs about how children learn, specialized training for kindergarten teachers, and working mothers. Noisy, messy, and playful--kindergarten was all the things people associate with young children. The value of learning through play was emphasized in yesterday's kindergarten, but the value of what was learned became less clear as the elementary curriculum was clarified through standards and curriculum alignment. Today's kindergarten is more focused on literacy and numeracy. Public perception is that kindergarten is what 1st grade used to be. Today's kindergarten children are caught in a triple bind. They have more formal schooling but less time to explore, practice social skills, or build relationships with peers and adults. The expectations they face are steep, pitched at what was once seen as 1st grade. And despite all this change, the author points out, kindergartners are young children whose needs are distinctly different from their older school peers. The author urges schools to restore a developmental approach for their youngest learners, resisting demands to turn playtime into structured formal instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 1; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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