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Natalie Mozdzen of Willow Tree 7th grade submitted an art piece for the yearbook cover art contest.

When asked about her art piece, Natalie wrote:

Within the Apple Blossom kindergarten, I recently sent home Susan Johnson's article that explains the connection to the Waldorf pedagogy and a child's readiness for first grade. Some signs of first grade readiness include a curiosity about learning to read and questions about reading and writing letters. Parents often ask me what they should do when their child shows an interest in learning how to read and write. The best advice I have is to never discourage a child's curiosity, but also, to never directly begin to teach them to read and write. Direct teaching would include providing your child tools and opportunities considered age-appropriate in a mainstream kindergarten, such as offering worksheets about letters, taking them to an accelerated program outside of school, or setting them up on a screen with a game about letters or reading. (There are very rare instances of children learning to read all on their own without these tools and teachers never say no to that.) Instead, you can reassure your child that their curiosity is a part of what first grade will be about: beginning to learn letters and how to read them. It will be wonderful! While you both wait for first grade learning, go to the library regularly. Check out books and read them to your child. You might even follow along the words with your finger while you read. Answer questions about reading as simply as you can, without providing more than the child asked for. Create enthusiasm for how much he or she will learn about reading from their teacher when arriving in the first grade.
 

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6550 Filbert Ave,
Orangevale, CA 95662
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