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September 10, 2011
As an early childhood professional, I was disturbed by your Page 2 photo of a kindergarten class "demonstrating standing-in-line skills during a bathroom break" ("Underway at last," Sept. 7). It's a pity The Sun chose to promote this ineffective transitional activity. It is developmentally inappropriate to expect young children to stand in line, keep quiet, keep their hands to themselves and do absolutely nothing while waiting to use the bathroom. If it is necessary to take a group of children in line, there are many transitional activities that can serve to engage kids in learning opportunities during such daily routines.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
State lawmakers want to form a task force of educators and advocates to look into the issue of pre-kindergarten suspensions, a little-known practice that came to light recently amid a surge in 3- and 4-year-olds being temporarily kicked out of Baltimore public schools. A bill introduced this week by Del. Barbara Robinson calls for establishing an 11-member task force that includes political leaders, representatives of the state Department of Education and the Baltimore City school system, and members of parent and advocacy organizations.
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Suevanessen2@hotmail.com | June 19, 2013
Congratulations to all 2013 graduates but special congratulations go out to Marshall Taylor and his fellow graduates who recently celebrated their promotion to the first grade at Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) Columbia Campus. Marshall who lives in our area, boards the bus daily at 6 a.m. for the two-hour ride to MSD along with his younger brother Sammy and other deaf children who live in Baltimore County. At the special ceremony June 7, all eleven kindergartners, each with varying degrees of hearing impairments, donned in their Sunday best and white graduation caps and processed in and individually came on stage to "sign" using American Sign Language or ASL. Each child introduced finger spelled his or her name as an introduction and gave a signed presentation of what was learned this year.
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Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | September 13, 2013
Maryland was named one of seven states awarded millions in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a new assessment for pre-kindergartners, officials announced Friday. The state, considered a leader in early childhood education, will receive $4.9 million to design a system that measures how prepared students are when they begin their academic careers.  According to a release, state education officials said the department is currently developing a "new comprehensive assessment system.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2011
Nearly a decade after the state pushed to have full-day kindergarten and more high-quality early childhood programs, an annual survey shows that 81 percent of the state's kindergartners have the academic and social skills they will need to be successful in school. The state's Ready to Learn report shows a 32 percentage-point jump in the past decade in the number of children ready when they enter kindergarten. "We have seen a major improvement that impacts thousands of children," said Rolf Grafwallner, assistant state superintendent for early childhood development.
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May 16, 1999
A reading list for kindergartners? You bet! These titles are recommended by Anne Arundel County teachers. Read them aloud to your child.* "And the Green Grass Grew All Around: Folk Poetry from Everyone," by Alvin Schwartz* "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman* "Do You Want to be My Friend?" by Eric Carle* "Eddie and Teddy," by Gus Clarke* "Goodnight Moon," by Margaret Wise Brown* "I Go With My Family to Grandmas," by Riki Levinson* "I Love Animals," by Flora McDonnell* "Just Like Daddy," by Frank Asch* "Old Black Fly," by Jim Aylesworth* "Rosie's Walk," by Pat Hutchins* "Will I Have a Friend?"
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By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer | March 23, 1993
Parents at an overcrowded Ellicott City elementary school oppose a new proposal that would bus their kindergartners to a middle school to relieve crowding.Parents at St. John's Lane Elementary voted overwhelmingly against sending three kindergarten classes next year to Burleigh Manor Middle School, now under-enrolled by about 200 students.The school's PTA sent home a questionnaire last week to garner opinion and received more than 100 negative comments, including some from parents upset that the move would break up their school and community, according to Bob Weigl, PTA president.
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By Angela Gambill | November 24, 1991
The 5-year-olds at Arthur Slade Catholic School held a discourse on poverty."I'll bet some people died from not having food for a long time," said Christopher Wise."
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By Sarah O'Brien and Sarah O'Brien,Special to The Sun | October 15, 2006
Kindergartners learn `A' is for apple With aisles of green grass stretching into the distance and apple trees creating leafy walls between the endless paths, delighted cries of accomplishment resounded from the orchard: "I got it!" and, "I did it!" There also was the occasional "oops!" when an apple fell to the ground. The sounds came from pint-size pickers who had received their first lesson in how to properly harvest an apple. The experience has almost become a rite of passage for Carroll County kindergartners, who are invited free every fall to Baugher's Orchard and Farm in Westminster.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2005
In backpacks across Washington County, schoolchildren bring home fliers for soccer teams and the springtime baseball leagues. Last week, kindergartner Emily Mutchler brought home a DNA-testing kit. Parents of the school system's 1,500 kindergarten pupils are being asked to keep a sample of their child's DNA in the freezer. If the child were to go missing, authorities could use the specimen to identify found remains. "We hope nobody actually has to use it because it's bad news if they do," said Brian K. Schulte, executive secretary of the Travelers Protective Association, a fraternal organization based in St. Louis that provided the kits.
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Suevanessen2@hotmail.com | June 19, 2013
Congratulations to all 2013 graduates but special congratulations go out to Marshall Taylor and his fellow graduates who recently celebrated their promotion to the first grade at Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) Columbia Campus. Marshall who lives in our area, boards the bus daily at 6 a.m. for the two-hour ride to MSD along with his younger brother Sammy and other deaf children who live in Baltimore County. At the special ceremony June 7, all eleven kindergartners, each with varying degrees of hearing impairments, donned in their Sunday best and white graduation caps and processed in and individually came on stage to "sign" using American Sign Language or ASL. Each child introduced finger spelled his or her name as an introduction and gave a signed presentation of what was learned this year.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
Before Lauren Preston opened the cover of the book "Spring" to read to her pre-kindergarten class at Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School, her students excitedly told her why, and showed her how, the season was underway. Daffodils - not just "yellow flowers" - were appearing from beneath the soil, they said. Hyacinths were blooming, they demonstrated with the slow unfolding of their tiny fists. And butterflies were emerging, the students showed by flapping their curled arms. In pre-K classrooms around Baltimore's school system, subtle changes like interactive reading are having a substantial effect in helping prepare 4-year-olds for elementary school - addressing an achievement gap that city schools have faced for years.
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September 10, 2011
As an early childhood professional, I was disturbed by your Page 2 photo of a kindergarten class "demonstrating standing-in-line skills during a bathroom break" ("Underway at last," Sept. 7). It's a pity The Sun chose to promote this ineffective transitional activity. It is developmentally inappropriate to expect young children to stand in line, keep quiet, keep their hands to themselves and do absolutely nothing while waiting to use the bathroom. If it is necessary to take a group of children in line, there are many transitional activities that can serve to engage kids in learning opportunities during such daily routines.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2011
Nearly a decade after the state pushed to have full-day kindergarten and more high-quality early childhood programs, an annual survey shows that 81 percent of the state's kindergartners have the academic and social skills they will need to be successful in school. The state's Ready to Learn report shows a 32 percentage-point jump in the past decade in the number of children ready when they enter kindergarten. "We have seen a major improvement that impacts thousands of children," said Rolf Grafwallner, assistant state superintendent for early childhood development.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2010
Fresh from his day job at Leith Walk Elementary School, Jason Weems took to a comedy club stage in Annapolis recently, knowing he would need the funniest lines to win the crowd over. So, he simply told them about his day. "This actually just happened," Weems began. "A little boy in my class, just sitting there talking to me. " "He is like, 'I'm gonna be a teacher when I grow up, I'm gonna have a house, I'm gonna get a job, and I'm gonna get a Carfax,'" Weems continued, giggles rising from the crowd.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2010
Theresa Waddell will never forget the bright boy with troubled eyes who sat in her kindergarten class during her first year as a teacher. She drilled home the message that he could grow to become anything he wanted. He would grow to murder her son. On Monday, Waddell, 59, will stand before a kindergarten class for the first time since her son was killed. In the intervening years, she had continued to teach, but not the very youngest. She struggled with grief, sometimes crying in a classroom corner before returning to the front to use her pain as a teachable moment.
NEWS
March 5, 2006
On Read Across America Day, Howard County Executive James N. Robey's reading of "Dr. Seuss" gains the attention of Mary McKnight's kindergartners at Running Brook Elementary School in Columbia.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | November 10, 1995
Karen Ganjon showed off her new school to her former boss yesterday, taking state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick on a tour of Swansfield Elementary School."
NEWS
February 24, 2008
Registration for new students and those entering public school kindergarten in August 2008 will be held in Howard County public elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 3-7 and at other times determined by individual schools. Kindergarten is mandatory in Maryland. State law requires that children entering kindergarten in the fall must be at least 5 years old on or before Sept. 1; children entering first grade must be 6 years old. Parents or legal guardians must register their children at the school serving the address where the child's parent or guardian resides.
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By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,Special to the Sun | December 28, 2007
Kindergartner Madi Costigan stood on her tiptoes at the desk of the Miller Branch library, reaching up to hand the librarian a picture book and her library card. Regular patrons waited in line while Madi and her Worthington Elementary kindergarten class checked out books, many of the children doing so for the first time. The students were visiting Miller as part of a partnership between the Howard County Library and public school kindergartens. The field trips draw children and their families to the library, but also teach students map reading and literacy skills.
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