Learning Styles and Kindergartenerhood (5 to 6 Years of age).
Quest 1. Communication: When my Kindergartener wishes to express himself……
She uses simple language.
Her speech is adult like.
Some of her spoken words are difficult to understand.
She mispronounces a few words and sounds.
Her sentences are structurally correct, and her pronunciation is nearly perfect.
She speaks in short, grammatically incorrect sentences or phrases.
She omits adverbs and prepositions.
She tells elaborate stories.
She acts out what she can’t quite explain with words.
Quest 2. Favorite toys and Pastimes: When my Kindergartener plays alone……..
She likes puzzles and board games.
She likes tapes and CDs.
She likes to play outdoors.
She likes watching TV and videos.
She looks through favorite books, reading some words.
She enjoys swinging, sliding and climbing.
She enjoys computers and calculators.
She likes fantasy play.
She likes the neighborhood playground – especially the jungle gym.
When playing with blocks, she builds low and long structures.
When playing with blocks, she makes a house for dolls or action figures.
When playing with blocks, she builds high structures that are likely to topple over.
Quest 3. Fine Motor Skills: When my Kindergartener uses her hands……
She prints neatly.
Her printing is acceptable.
Her pencil grip is awkward.
She cuts, colors and pastes with ease.
She talks to herself while working.
She reverses some letters and numbers.
She produces neat, attractive artwork.
She makes up stories to accompany her artwork, which is acceptable.
Her artwork is messy.
Quest 4. Gross Motor Skills: When my Kindergartener moves about…..
She prefers table games over outside play.
She does more talking than actual playing when spending time with others.
Her play involves large spaces on the playground.
She chooses games that require eye-hand coordination, such as badminton.
She talks herself through activities.
She is very well coordinated.
Quest 5. Social Skills: When my Kindergartener mixes with other children……Emotions: When it comes to my toddler’s feelings …….
In a group, she tends to be a loner.
She thrives on her friendships.
She is sociable, though not very verbal.
She watches to see what’s expected of her before taking part.
She gets into trouble for too much talking during class time.
She gets into trouble for poking and hitting during class time.
She warms up slowly to new people and situations.
She often answers for others and tends to be bossy.
She likes to roughhouse.
Quest 6. Emotions: When it comes to my Kindergartener’s feelings …….
Her facial expressions reveal her feelings
She talks freely about her feelings.
Her feelings are easily hurt.
She may seem puzzled by the outbursts of others.
She confronts others with her feelings.
She reacts with anger rather than regret when disciplined.
Quest 7. Memory: When my Kindergartener learns…….
She recalls what she has seen.
She learns by listening to instructions.
She has difficulty focusing her attention to learn new things.
She produces numbers and letter from memory.
She knows the sounds made by alphabet letters.
She has not yet made the connection that letters make sounds.
Quest 8. At School: When my Kindergartener is in Classroom…..
She dresses neatly and likes to stay clean.
Her appearance is neither messy nor overly neat.
She seems unconcerned with her appearance and may look bedraggled.
She keeps her work area very neat.
She has to be told to clean up her work area.
She works amid a mess, cluttering her workspace within minutes.
She’s beginning to show an interest in math.
She’s beginning to show an interest in reading.
She prefers playground time to desk work.
She rarely volunteers information, but responds when asked a question.
She leads most class discussions and reports misbehavior to the teacher.
The teacher must ask several questions to draw out information.
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