KINDERGARTEN PANIC

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      Around this time of the year I remember the nervous restlessness that would occur in my classroom. It   wasn’t the same as the slightly chaotic energy in January when Primary schools both private and public would post flyers to their “Open Houses” tempting parents with the low ratios of their classrooms and PTSAs’ with yearly retreats in the Bahamas. No, April is significant, it is the half way mark between the end of innocence and Kindergarten. Round about now parents start asking if their child is going to be ready for kindergarten, well not all parents of course, but many The majority of these parents are concerned about academics and only a few of them are concerned about their child’s social-emotional growth which as it turns out is far more important. “Several studies have shown that kindergarten teachers are far more concerned about social and emotional development rather than…

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