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Updated on Jun 10, 2013

Level 6: Evaluation. The child judges what she's been taught and thinks over the ramifications. For example, weighs the pros and cons of a seven day week and decides if it's an appropriate amount for a unit of time or if she wished it were more or less.

By giving your kindergartener a new concept that's not beyond his mental limitations, you can watch him progress through the levels of learning. You can help him progress faster by asking a question that requires evaluation, such as how he'd feel if a week was eight days. For example, would he like to add a day on to his school week, or get another day off at the weekend? Which does he think is more likely and why? These sorts of questions encourage a kindergartener to think about time in a more challenging way, and to incorporate everything he remembers about time in order to make a judgment.

Most kindergarteners will be comfortable in the areas of knowledge, comprehension, and application, but just beginning to incorporate levels 4-6. That's perfectly normal. All of the guidelines in the world are only that... guidelines. Each child develops at her own perfect pace. So keep the expectations in mind but take them with a grain of salt. With your help, your kid will get there.

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