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One of our parents told us today that the school her daughter will start at in September has given out a list of words they want the children to learn before they start. Mom feels this is too much too soon and as she isnt a teacher herself doesnt want to teach it wrongly.

Is this a common thing for schools to do? I havent heard of it anywhere else.

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Oh good! I thought maybe I'd missed something. I told her I thought it was bonkers, obviously used much more professional speak than that! I'll speak to her again :)

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Dislike dislike dislike! :(

 

What's really worrying is that some parents will take the list of words and try to "make" their children learn them over the Summer - so depressing. What an awful thing to do.

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My friend's daughter is starting school in September and this has been asked of them too. I feel it's an approach that will suit children who are already thriving academically and whose parents understand how to support them with learning the words but I worry about the children who aren't ready and could be "turned off" from reading at a young age. Also parents who panic and think they need to force their children into memorising the words ready for September :(

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Yuck, no pressure from the very beginning then. It's called summer break for a reason.

More appropriate skills to share in their everyday, might be to recognise clothing, dress, undress, be confident in self-care skills, undo packaging if having a packed lunch, make it fun, not sitting down and doing keywords.:(:(:(

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So is this 'school readiness' now? Have to say I'm not impressed at all! I told our parents who were anxious that it didn't matter if their child could write their name or not, it helped if they could recognise it, but not to stress to force them to write it as it would turn them right off!

Does your Early Years team need to be informed?

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What are they on about? Summer holidays should be for children especially just 4 years old to relax learn skills like dressing, toileting ( Yes I know it a bonus when they can wipe their own bottoms) and listen to a decent story which is read to them.

In all my years 30 plus feeling very ancient now, preparing children for formal academic studies at 4 is ridiculous !!! What are the early years teacher and the head teacher on? Talk about turning children off reading, i.e. enjoying a book, writing letters the ones they may recognise in their name, and listening to instructions such as wash your hands before lunchtime, seems to me to be a better option.

My granddaughter is due to start in September and went to the school nursery and yes she can write some letters and yes she loves hearing a story and yes she can take herself to the toilet, even dressing herself but reading words....NEVER.

Holiday are exactly that Holidays she is enjoying days out at the beach, playing with her cousins, riding a pony just started lessons, and dressing up as a princess and ballerina. She is never bored and none of our other grandchildren are either....

 

Moan over from one disbelieving nanny....and a early years teacher.PS my mum was an early years teacher too back in the days when outdoor play was considered the norm in all weathers. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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agree Finleysmaid our youngest child will be four on the 28th August seems so wrong to even send them into school.....wish parents would say NO! and LEA's would not pressure parents to send them ....

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....wish parents would say NO! and LEA's would not pressure parents to send them ....

in my experience it is not the lea that pressure them but the schools as they now only get paid for those children who attend. I have heard many a head teacher and governor saying to parents that they will put their child at a disadvantage if they do not start with the rest of their cohort....i'm afraid i do not agree with this and have plenty of evidence to prove the opposite!

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