Back to Kindergarten: What Kids are Learning

by Brittany Shannon on October 11, 2010 at 6:28 am

Today’s kindergartners are learning at a faster pace, and have teachers who make learning fun. WHIZ went back to kindergarten to see what kindergartners are learning.

For kindergartners these days it’s not just about the ABC’s.

"We read, write, math, social studies," says kindergarten teacher Connie Still.

Ohio’s educational standards require schools to put academics at the forefront, and it begins at the lowest levels.

"When I went to kindergarten, we went half a day, and we had nap time, we had snack and we socialized. Now we go all day every day and the academics are really important," says Still.

But with short attention spans and lots of energy, kindergarten teachers have to be creative in their teaching methods.

"When we’re doing the academics, we try to incorporate doing it with games and more things that are developmentally appropriate," says Still.

"After reading a book, then we may try to act out what happened in the book. If you give them a piece of paper and crayons or markers then they can draw a favorite event from the book," says kindergarten teacher Kay Timm.

Non-traditional methods of teaching seem to appeal to most kindergartners. Ty Shawger and his classmates are learning to count.

"You scoop the beans up and count how many scoops it takes to fill the cups up," says Ty Shawger.

Teachers now have Smartboards and other technology to teach kids and make learning fun, and in kindergarten, they have lots of it, and teachers say recess, the "kid-favorite" isn’t a bad thing.

"They love recess, lunch recess again. Those don’t promote maybe academic learning, but the social learning is right there in all of those things and they are so important for kindergartners," says kindergarten teacher Mary Joan Lewis.

"We can see so much learning when we watch them play," says kindergarten teacher Amanda Spiker.

And once June rolls around, children will be ready for first grade as well-rounded kindergarten graduates.

"Oh it’s just amazing what they know, it just seems like they grow leaps and bounds," says Still.