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There is no reason for parents to be anxious about school readiness. Children who come from homes where adults read; parents spend time engaged with their children; literacy is valued; and children have social interactions with other children in a child care, play group or preschool setting are usually well-prepared for kindergarten.However, there are some common myths parents should be aware of:Myth No. 1 — Learning the alphabet is crucial to school readiness.
The truth: While important, learning the alphabet is a memorization skill. It is more important that children recognize letters and identify their sounds.Myth No. 2 — Children need to count to 50 before going to grade school.The truth: Again, while it is important that children understand the order of numbers, it is far more important to understand the idea of 1-to-1 correspondence (each number counted corresponds to an object, person, etc.) and to understand quantity.Myth No. 3 — The more teacher directed the learning, the better.The truth: Children internalize concepts more fully when they are actively engaged in exploration and learning, versus being told by someone else. Teachers should be there to guide learning.Myth No. 4 — The more a program looks like the school parents remember, the more children will learn.The truth: Young children learn best in an environment that allows them to make choices and select their own materials for at least part of the day, as well as empowers them to try new things.
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