Do your kids have basic academic skills?
November 30, 2006 8:53pm CST
Before my children went to school, each at five years old, I taught them how to tie their shoes, write their names in cursive script, and do simple math. I taught them to read some words and simple sentences. I taught them to recognize some road signs and trademark signs we see in everyday activity. The reason I taught them these things is because I believe that the schools have slacked off in many of these areas. Children rely on velcro shoes, keyboards, calculators, and spell checkers. I live in an area where there are two main languages. There are schools for each language group. In the English school, they teach French. In the French school, they don't teach English. Hmmm... I know young adults born to English families but who went to French school and never learned to read or write in English. I guess maybe that is a separate discussion, but in a way it fits... there is no regard for basic skill because even these people's French literary skills are not of good quality. In the height and still climbing era of technological learning, are we raising people who are basically STUPID??
• United States
1 Dec 06
My daughter is in preschool and can tie her shoes (did that the day before turning 4), could write her name prior to starting preschool (I know a kids who can't even though he is half way through Kindergarden) and can now write my name, her dads and her brothers. She even wrote her own letter to santa tonight! I helped with spelling but she did all the letters.