I am only teaching support at the moment but have been given my own writing group and I have 3 reading groups in the first hour. We have kindy kids already on level 8.
My children's school does L3 as well and my daughter in year 2 is already passed level 25. My son in kindy is on level 4 already (probably higher but I only think that because I've been practising red level texts with him for my observation, lol) and can write a sentence independently.
Last edited by BigRedV; 29-05-2016 at 06:02.
The Finnish system is great and so successful, but there are differences that some parents over here might not be a fan of.
Parental leave entitlements are generous but the vast majority of parents work. Long term stay at home parents are not at all common over there. It's a pretty socialist country - people work and pay significant taxes in order to get the awesome "free" services they get. That is only possible because of the people working and paying the tax.
Their formal schooling starts at 7 but almost every child uses daycare and preschool before then. They have to because their parents work, and why wouldn't they because it's free and high quality!
A marvellous system, but I don't think the reality of it would suit a lot of parents over here who choose to stay home long term.
Before anyone asks me for evidence I'm basing it on what my Finnish friends tell me and Google links. But mainly my Finnish friends who have been kids there and now have kids themselves there.
The above link is a good one. Also touches on how daycare is important in terms of getting people back to work (to pay the taxes that pay for the daycare).
Last edited by kw123; 29-05-2016 at 07:54.
ETA - some great info on that link, @Chippa. I love the shorter days & the recognition that kids still need to play. It isn't a 'want' or slacking off, free & unstructured play is a NEED for young children & it is so valuable.
Last edited by cheeeeesecake; 29-05-2016 at 08:06.
Out of interest @BigRedV does your school continue L3 into Year 2? We only do it in K/1 then we switch to the Reading To Learn (scaffolding) program which I'm not overly sold on.
Yes, we do but all our stage 1 classes are composite, which I don't really like.
ETA - with L3, we have found it really hard to choose kids for reading recovery as nearly all exceed benchmark and those who don't are attendance issues.
Last edited by BigRedV; 29-05-2016 at 12:59.
My son was born May 13. I'm quite glad actually. We are in Vic and he's in kinder this year and is 5. He will be 5/6 starting prep. I loved having him home and extra year.
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