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Has Kindergarten Changed or are Kids Smarter?

Are Kindergarten Kids Smarter These Days?

I knew kids in my kids’ Kindergarten class who could read The Magic Tree House series before they entered elementary school.  For others, carry addition was not a problem.  I thought my kids were way behind because they would enter Kindergarten barely reading and unsure of what number came after 99.  The pressure for Kindergarten academics, I always thought, came from the standardized testing starting in 3rd grade and so Kindergarten, for many classrooms, started to look a lot like 1st grade.  I am actually o.k. with that because it worked for my kids.  Our elementary school is very strict about the cut off date of “you-must-be-five-years-old-by-August 31-no-exceptions.”  I actually thought this is just the new world we live in, but maybe the old ways are best. Read more…