Just the other day my Kinder-kin came home with a painting he finger painted with his toes. It was horrible. What exactly do you think they teach them in Kindergarten? Its all socialization and basics:
The NC Kindergarten Curicula
Goal 1 The learner will develop and apply enabling strategies and skills to read and write.
1.01 Develop book and print awareness
1.02 Develop phonemic awareness and knowledge of alphabetic principle
1.03 Demonstrate decoding and word recognition strategies and skills.
1.04 Read or begin to read.
Spanish & English. Yeap. They essentially are getting dual lessons in all of these, doing double the work. Except we all know that there are vast similiarities between the two languages in their roots and phrases. In fact, if anything learning dual here actually reinforces that a child is understanding language rather than reguritating.
Goal 2 The learner will develop and apply strategies and skills to comprehend text that is read, heard, and viewed.
2.01 Demonstrate sense of story (e.g., beginning, middle, end, characters, details and setting).
2.02 Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of types of books and selections (e.g., picture books, caption books, short informational texts, nursery rhymes, word plays/finger plays, puppet plays, reenactments of familiar stories).
2.03 Use preparation strategies to activate prior knowledge and experience before and during the reading of a text.
2.04 Formulate questions that a text might answer before beginning to read (e.g., what will happen in this story, who might this be, where do you think this happens).
2.05 Predict possible events in texts before and during reading.
2.06 Understand and follow oral-graphic directions.
2.07 Demonstrate understanding of literary language; e.g., "once upon a time" and other vocabulary specific to a genre.
2.08 Distinguish fantasy from reality when reading text.
Again, this is pretty much just teaching a kid what a book is and what to expect from them. Spanish vs. English, doesn't really mater here at all. How many times do these kids read the same basic books again anyway? A ton. See spot run. Donde es Banjo!?
Goal 3 The learner will make connections through the use of oral language, written language, and media and technology.
3.01 Connect information and events in text to experience.
3.02 Discuss concepts and information in a text to clarify and extend knowledge.
3.03 Associate target words with prior knowledge and explore an author's choice of words.
3.04 Use speaking and listening skills and media to connect experiences and text.
Again. Nothing specific learned. Dual reinforcement of the same basic principle no matter the language.
Goal 4 The learner will apply strategies and skills to create oral, written, and visual texts.
4.01 Use new vocabulary in own speech and writing.
4.02 Use words that name and words that tell action in a variety of simple texts (e.g., oral retelling, written stories, lists, journal entries of personal experiences).
4.03 Use words that describe color, size, and location in a variety of texts: e.g., oral retelling, written stories, lists, journal entries of personal experiences.
4.04 Maintain conversation and discussions:
attending to oral presentations.
taking turns expressing ideas and asking questions.
4.05 Use a variety of sentence patterns such as interrogative requests (Can you go with me?) and sentence fragments that convey emotion (Me, too!).
write from left to right and from top to bottom.
write most letters and some words when dictated.
4.06 Write and/or participate in writing behaviors by using authors' models of language.
Again, there is no set specific learning advantages between English and Spanish. They reinforce each other greatly. In fact, you could say that by using two languages you actually double the amount they learn while teaching the same exact skill set.
Goal 5 The learner will apply grammar and language conventions to communicate effectively.
5.01 Develop spelling strategies and skills by:
representing spoken language with temporary and/or conventional spelling.
writing most letters of the alphabet.
analyzing sounds in a word and writing dominant consonant letters.
5.02 Use capital letters to write the word I and the first letter in own name.
5.03 Use legible manuscript handwriting.
Dear lord, this one might be hard. They actually have to do something concrete. They have to spell their own name. That means over the course of 180 days they'll have to possibly master writing their name as Joe and possibly Juan as well. Somehow though, I think they will manage.
That's it. That is the entire Kindergarten curriculuum. It boils down to:
1) Can your child talk.
2) Can your child understand a story.
3) Can your child start to read a story.
4) Can your child write his own name and other letters.
180 days. Somehow I think they can manage if they cut the time between English and Spanish. Kindergarten is all about socialization and preparing them for learning solid lessons.
Think of English as a solid foundation of Limestone and Spanish as a fluid foundation of Ash. Combine the two and you get a concrete foundation which is imaginably stronger than either on their own.
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