I finished our end of the year assessments today. ( Everyone except Clara who was absent . We missed you Clara!) I was really in awe of the improvements the students have made this year. Some of the three year olds are still struggling with a few of the academic things ( letter sounds) but I dont expect them to know them right now. We have another whole year to focus on that stuff. ( If you call the way I teach " focusing". ) The kiddos going into kindergarten are "WAY READY" to start school. The really cool thing is... not only are they ready academically , but for the most part socially and emotionally as well. I have one that is lagging a little in fine motor, but I bet that improves over the summer. I have one that is not interested as much in letters as I would like but WOW that changes we have seen her go through this year. She started with us last year and was quiet and reserved.. very untrusting. Now, she is Randy's best buddy and is a leader. Those are the changes that excite me more than anything.
These are the areas the assessment I did focused on:
Motor Area: Gross Motor items include catching, jumping, hopping, and skipping. Fine Motor items include building with blocks, cutting, copying shapes and letters, and writing.
Language Area: Items include answering simple personal questions (name, age, sex), articulation, naming (expressive) or identifying (receptive) objects and actions, plus phonemic awareness tasks such as rhyming and I Spy.
Concepts Area: Items include pointing to named body parts, naming or identifying colors, rote counting, counting blocks, placing a block in named positions relative to a little house, identifying concepts in a triad of pictures, and sorting shapes. The DIAL-3 includes an item that assesses automatic naming of colors. This skill has been shown to be associated with potential learning disabilities.
I can't wait for parent teacher conferences to show you how brilliant your children are and talk about ways to enhance their learning this summer!!!!!