Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
My posting on Dr. Gibson flirts with 4K again to cure Elmbrook budget woes sparked a bit of a controversy regarding Elmbrook's 5K enrollment requirements in the comment section.
MikeyD stated a startling bit of information in his/her comment, inferring that 4K was necessary: (My emphasis throughout. You can read all of the comments by clicking the above link.)
"...But I was very surprised that when entering 5K, children in Elmbrook are Expected to be able to read and write! I was pretty astonished. Did any of you know that a 5K kindergartener is expected to be reading and writing? When I found this out, and in light of the very successful pilot program, I was all for 4K. Even if it only helps in the short term. Elmbrook has very high standards, a good thing, but if they expect this much from a 4.5 year old, they should have the means to make sure all students are at this level at the start of 5K, which would make 4K more than just a luxury and certainly not daycare. They will be learning to read and write, doing math, it isn't all crackers and naps.
Then Kathryn relayed her experience: (Again, her entire comment is under the original posting.)
"MikeyD, I wonder if there was a miscommunication when this was discussed. I too was startled when my non-reader brought home a book to "read." Turns out it was more about getting going than presumed ability. Certainly some children do enter kindergarten already reading and writing; in that sense it is "expected." Many other children enter unable to read and write, and that too is "expected."
Which is it? Are children expected to be able to read and write to enter 5K, or is it just that some can?
So, I contacted Elmbrook Schools.
From:>>> "Kyle Prast" 8/25/2008 8:53 PM >>>
Could you please tell me what requirements or expectations there are for
enrolling a child in 5K? I would be interested in both the academic skills
necessary and social/emotional maturity level that you expect.
This was my reply on Sept. 9, 2008:
The only requirement for enrolling a child in 5 year old kindergarten is that the child is 5 on or before September 1 of the enrolling year. There are no academic or social-emotional benchmarks that the student needs to meet for entrance in to kindergarten.
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me.
Director of Curriculum and Student Learning
13780 Hope StreetPO Box 1830Brookfield, WI 53008-1830262-781-3030 x1111262-790-4092 (Fax)