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Kindergarten Readiness and Plans for 5K

~Malachi is 4 years 8 months~

In less than 4 months, Malachi will graduate from preschool. During this time, we will be focusing on Kindergarten readiness.

Critical Thinking was recommended to me by a Crew mate. After checking out their site, I thought this might be what I am looking for. If you are interested, I suggest reading:
Rather than mere rote work at this time, I want something that will make my child think!

I also am considering Early Bird Math for 5K. I have used Singapore Math now for levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and I have heard good things about EBM.

However, my main focus will be preparing Mali for Kindergarten. I am hoping he will be ready by age 5 (2/2010), but we will see!

I am using a PreKindergarten Report Card as an assessment tool.

Skills we need to work on before age 5:

  • Writing his first name
  • consonant sounds
  • short vowel sounds
  • counting by rote
  • counting by objects
  • create patterns

Regarding reading, I have a different perspective after starting All About Spelling in our home. This is a product I am reviewing for the Crew and I will be using it with Malachi for 5K. Intitially, just for teaching consonant and vowel sounds. Did you know that O has 4 sounds? We will focus on letter recognition with our letter O activities, but once we begin AAS, we will really focus on learning the correct sounds for each letter.