What’s the Difference Between College and Kindergarten?
- Type of Learner.
- Level of dependence.
Your last formal education may have been college: however, remember that in kindergarten, your students are new learners.
In college, the students are independent learners.
Most college students have already had 12 or 13 years of formal education and are ready to take responsibility for their learning. Most college students know how to study and learn new material.
Warning: If you are teaching a young student, be careful not to expect a college student’s learning ability and level of responsibility.
In kindergarten, the student is a dependent learner.
God Helps When We Ask: Kindergarten through College!
Remember James 1:5, ESV: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” Asking God for wisdom is evidence that we trust Him. (Bibleref.com)
How do we get wisdom? We ask. Every day.
- Pray aloud for yourself and your students before beginning class each day.
- Plan to have fun learning with your child.
- Plan a bathroom break before school starts.
- Halfway through the morning, plan for a snack.
- Plan a rest time after lunch called Quiet Reading Time.
- Plan 2 exercise times to get those large muscle groups working.
- Plan a creative project after lunch.
- If your school day isn’t going well, it’s okay to take a break and try again in 15 minutes.
- Have enrichment activities or worksheets ready if needed for an emergency day plan.
- Have a plastic tub for storing schoolwork and artwork.
- Take photos often. You’ll thank me later for this one.
From the Conversation: When to worry
According to the developmental milestones, parents should seek advice from a professional if their three- to five-year-old child:
- is not understood by others
- has speech fluency problems or stammering
- is not playing with other children
- is not able to have a conversation
- is not able to go to the toilet or wash him/herself.
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*About college tuitions: Vermont has the highest tuition and fees of $43,748 and North Dakota has the lowest tuition & fees of $12,678 over 50 U.S. States and territories for the academic year 2021-2022. Click here for more information on college costs by state.