Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host: What does the typical child know academically upon entering kindergarten?
Dr. Rene Hackney: Entering into kindergarten, the typical kindergartner knows three to five shapes, five to eight colors that they can identify. They tend to have one to one correspondence meaning, they can match numbers with things up to about 10. The typical kindergartener also tends to have letter recognition. There is a wide range though walking into most Public School into their kindergartener classrooms, there will children who have letter recognition and who are starting to read in September and there will be children who have no letter recognition at all. So, there is a real wide range of what is known by children entering into kindergarten.