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What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know (Revised and updated): Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2004

    Great SUPPLEMENTARY material!!

    I think what a lot of parents fail to realize is that this book is used strictly for the purpose of supplementing your child's classroom education. A lot of the subjects covered in this book are not neccessarily covered in the kindergarten curriculum, hence the book's title, but your child will eventually need this information. It's a good way to instill these concepts in your child's brain- the human mind learns through repetition.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Great Book

    My child is in a local charter school and that is the book they use during kindergarten. I really like it. ITs great . and they require parents to purchase the book so we can use the same methods at home. I very highly reccomend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2001

    Too basic for most inquisitive children

    If a school doesn't address the information in the books or provide a simple way for a child to learn it, it isnt' doing it's job. Period. I dont' believe that this curriculum provides anything that a school can't provide with other, better educational methods. The example of why this by-rote schedule is necessary is ludicrous. They offer a classroom of children beginning to learn about world exploration and Magellan. The children are asked to trace a route on a globe from Europe to North America, but some can't because they 'didn't do that last year in Mrs. Jones' class', others in 'Mr. Peach's class did that last year' and the children who just moved in from another school 'did Magellan last year'. I would be surprised if any child with basic map literacy couldnt' find a route on a globe, and for the children who did that last year, they should be able to offer different, possibly more complex views on the subject. Any child exposed to a library or even a small home book collection should be able to have the 'cultural literacy' base this curriculum would like to provide. The cultural background presented in this book is weak, without any discussion of where these fairy tales and nursery rhymes came from. No child needs to learn 'Jack Horner', etc. in school. If it is taught, it should be at a level where the child will learn the origins of these things, and maybe learn to act them out. The history portion was severely limited. Most children will pick up the very basic elements of what was offered just by looking at and asking about the presidents on our money. Math is very weak. Again, talking with your child and reading a few basic books would teach everything offered here. I explored several 'focus' schools in my district for my daughter. After looking into Core Knowledge, we named it 'American Myths and Legends' and rejected it for our child as too rigid, without an ability to meet the needs of specific children. In some districts, a core knowledge school may work as a selection factor, if it is one of the only choices available. Parents who care about their children's education may send their children to the available magnet school, so the school may well be populated with families who care about education. It doesnt' work that way in practice in all districts though. One thing to keep in mind is that this curriculum was established by concensus. Therefore, anything viewed as 'radical' or outside of the mainstream would not have passed the review committees. I think they probably lost a lot of value due to the process.

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