By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
While it may be true that all you really need to know you learned in kindergarten, there is a big problem for two-thirds of the students in kindergarten class this year in Jefferson County Public Schools.
They weren't prepared when they arrived for their first day of school.
It is true that the only prerequisite for entering kindergarten is that a child is five years old before October 1. But there are skills these children should already have – like language and communication development, general knowledge and mathematics, health and physical well-being, social and emotional development, and self-help skills.
Included among these skills are reciting the letters of the alphabet, using pictures to tell a story, counting in sequence up to 30, understanding simple concepts of time, keeping track of personal belongings, sharing with other children, following simple rules, and working well alone. It also helps if you are eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of rest.
As we look to prioritize dwindling financial resources – both charitable and taxpayers supported – focusing on pre-kindergarten children will bring the best return on investment.
When children fall behind before they've even reached first grade, it is hard to catch up. Ultimately, expenditures are made for many of these children post schooling, but that unfortunately is a more long-term commitment, not a five year one.
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