Sean, a four-year-old in a light-academic preschool program
Sean is four years old and has been in preschool programs for two years. He can recognize his written name and can name some of the letters of the alphabet. However, he has never had any formal reading instruction, as he spends most of his time in school listening to stories, doing art work, playing outside, and engaging in free play with instructional toys and materials. Furthermore, Sean’s parents were told that since their child has a late birthday in June, he is “not ready” for formal reading instruction.
The Game Plan
Teachers should never lower the standard of learning simply due to a child’s young chronological age. Rather, teachers should focus on tailoring their instruction and using developmentally appropriate methods to teach even four-year olds “hardcore” academic subjects such as reading, writing, and math.