So, when you choose a nursery school for your child, whichever type of school you choose, remember that at the end, there is a test if you want private school or a gifted program. Even if you send your child to a regular ol` public kindergarten, she will still be tested in the very early days for placement in slow, average and advanced ability groups. Some schools prepare kids for these tests and others don`t. Frankly, I probably would have chosen the same progressive school I chose no matter what because we loved it. But I wish I had understood from the beginning that there would be an important test at the end and if the nursery school didn`t prepare my child, I would have to. Here are the five most common types or philosophies of preschools you`ll see - Montessori, Progressive, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia. It doesn`t matter if you`re looking at a preschool in a church, temple, co-op, private or public program - they are all likely to have adopted one of these approaches to education. Montessori. Personally, I love Montessori schools and encourage you to tour one and see for yourself. Not only do kids learn a lot, but they are taught not to start a new project until they put the materials they were working on away. My daughter was always very messy and I have to wonder if she wouldn`t have been had I sent her to a Montessori school when she was very young. Marie Montessori started her schools in the early 20th Century as a way to train severely retarded children. The materials she created were so effective that they were later used with normally intelligent children. The goal of Montessori is to establish independence, self-esteem, and confidence in a child while fostering learning at his own pace.
Teachers on their part find the program valuable as the math tests are scored and stored by the computer for evaluation of progress. The process is also simple because after taking the test, a personalized score sheet is printed along with an evaluation of topics requiring further study. The student can then return to the body of the program and practice those sections which were identified as weak areas. The use of the tests is flexible as the student may take Test A as a pre test and Test B as a post test or Test A may be used for one student and Test B for another. When it comes to math, a lot of parents really notice that only a few kids enjoy it. If your child isn`t exactly like those math geniuses and is more likely to think up ways to not do school or any academic activity, don`t despair. With a dash of creativity and sass, your child can transform from being a math hater to being a math enthusiast. One of the things you can do, especially if your child is struggling with math, is to enrol him in an after school math tutoring program that`s known to utilize a big collection of teaching methods.
Most volumes begin with an explanation of basic arithmetic operations namely: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Reference tables are supplied to provide clues for quick mental arithmetic and mastery of math facts. When ready to be tested, the student can select a drill, which has 10 questions and are selected from a database of number pairs for calculation. The Basic Level volumes use simple single digit numbers and the interactive math software at the Advanced Level uses mostly double digit numbers for math practice problems. Each drill is then scored and timed with the results saved. With the test records, students can follow their own progress and adults who may be supervising can monitor progress and assess if there are any learning issues that require intervention. Moreover, some math software programs are available also in different languages such as Spanish and French. There are also those with a Learning Management System (LMS) that automatically tracks students test scores and provides the teacher with a database to sort and print as needed.