Friday, May 3, 2013

Preschool Assessment

Last time Ben had one of these assessments at school (they do them in the fall & the spring), he was in the younger class, of older 2's and younger 3's.

Since he's moved up to the 3's & 4's class, his assessment is a bit different.  I'm interested to see how it compares to fall, since he'll be in the same class for both assessment's.

  • He has mastered recognition of all his ABC's
  • He can count to 15
  • He has mastered all his shapes (circle, oval, square, triangle, rectangle, diamond, star & heart)
  • He recognizes all the colors but needs help with gray.
  • He's mastered his opposites
  • He can identify all visible parts of his body
Note from the teacher: Ben is able to ID all the letters in the alphabet, basic colors and shapes   He is still working on his numbers 1-10.  He knows opposites & body parts.

He only needs one area of work with his large motor skills, and that's hopping on one foot.  Otherwise, he's mastered:
  • running with control over speed and direction
  • jumping over obstacles & landing on two feet
  • climbing up and down equipment with ease (thanks, Tumble Time!)
  • moves body creatively to music (that's probably my favorite ever)
  • is willing to exercise (dude, when is this child ever NOT willing to exercise?  he is on the move from wake to sleep)
  • jumping on two feet
  • galloping
  • throwing a ball (he's got a great arm)
  • catching a ball (in my opinion - this still needs work)
  • bouncing a ball
Note from the teacher: Be is great at large motor activities, he is able to run, jump, dance & gallop.  He needs a little more work with hopping.  He is able to throw, catch & bounce a ball.
showing off those gross motor skills :)

His fine motor skills are a mix of mastered and working on:
  • using art materials to create
  • showing hand preference (he's right handed)
  • using table utensils skillfully (though he won't at home, he prefers to use his hands)
  • paint & paste neatly
  • making attempts to put on own coat/jacket
  • stacking more than 4 blocks
Working on:
  • using scissors properly
  • cutting in a straight line
  • beginning to draw human figures
  • copying horizontal/diagonal/vertical lines
Note from the teacher: Ben is able to paint & paste neatly.  He is able to put on his own jacket and stack blocks.  He is working on drawing, writing & using scissors.

fine motor skills - thanks daddy! :)

His language skills are great.  He speaks in complete sentences, speaks clearly, takes part in conversations with others, expresses needs & wants clearly... according to their assessment, he needs work on dictating description of drawings (I'm actually not sure what this means) and showing an interest in books.  I strongly, firmly, 100% disagree with that last one.  Ben is a HUGE fan of books.  His room is LITTERED with books that he's read/looked at and has so many memorized, he basically reads by himself.

Note from the teacher: Ben is a terrific vocabulary!  He is getting better and better and using words with his teachers and his peers.

Seems we've done some back sliding on sharing & taking turns.  I wonder if some of this is simply age or if competition from an increasingly mobile little brother plays a factor.

He's mastered:
  • Shows respect & rights of others property
  • is polite/courteous to others
  • helps classmates clean up
  • can attend to bathroom needs by himself
  • separates from parents with ease (HOORAY!)
  • seeks out other children to play with (favorite friends are Dayton, Noah & Cooper)
  • Smiles & seems happy much of the time
  • works/plays cooperatively with other children
  • seeks help when needed
Working on:
  • sharing materials
  • taking turns
  • keeping hands to himself
  • listening while others speak/tell a story
  • expressing anger in words rather than actions
Note from the teacher: Ben has very strong self help skills.  He is able to attend all his bathroom needs.  He is able to help clean up after playtime.  We are working on sharing and taking turns.

And her overall comments:
Ben is a very happy boy who likes to pay with lego's and cars.  He is really learning quickly and settling in to this class.  We are really working on keeping hands on his body and listening during circle time.  We will continue to offer him more challenges and support learning.

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