Six-Year Touchpoint: Kindergarten and first grade

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Six-Year Touchpoint: Kindergarten and first grade

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It think there is more pressure on children today than there was 10 or 20 years ago. The pressure that I am thinking about is the pressure to succeed academically, to perform to school and it is starting earlier and earlier. So we now see 4 year old's who are getting homework and we see 6 year old's who already have the sense of who is the best and who is the worst and where do I line up in the middle. And I think it's just way too young. So at 6 years of age, children are transitioning to kindergarten or to first grade, but they are also transitioning to a different set of expectations. i think it is time for us to recognize that some of these expectations just are not realistic some of them just are not developmentally have the sense of who is the best, who is the worst and where do I line up in the middle. And I think it is just way too young. So at 6 years of age, children are transitioning to kindergarten or to first grade but they are also transitioning to a different sets of expectations. I think it is time for us to recognize that some of this expectations just are not realistic, some of them are not developmentally appropriate and really our job is to begin to help a 6 year old learn, what is my way of learning, what are the things that I am good at that I can be proud of, how can I begin to accept that somethings are harder for me. 6 years of age is also hard time for parents cause parents feel this pressure too and they feel the pressure to do what they can to help their children succeed and it can backfire as more pressure on the child and that can leave to a child who might love to learn, might lead that child to turn off form learning.

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Child Psychiatrist & Author brazeltontouchpoints.org

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children's Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, among many others. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on related topics and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of 8 books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints: Birth to Three, 2nd Edition and in 2010, co-edited Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton, a textbook on the ongoing generativeness of Brazelton’s seminal research in a wide range of fields. Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.

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