Prepare yourself and your child with this Kindergarten Screening Test!
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All around the country, thousands of parents are getting ready to send their child off to Kindergarten. It can be stressful because us parents, are always thinking things like;
Does he know when to ask for help?
What if she doesn’t eat?
Did I prepare him/her enough for this???
Well don’t you fret! There are a few simple ways to figure out if your child will be ready for the big day, and if not… it’s still okay! There is still time to help your child improve. Now, I’m not saying that some kids aren’t ready for Kindergarten as we all know that kids learn things their own way and at their own rates. This is more of a guideline to help your child along if you choose to do so. Remember that teachers are there to help the children achieve certain things like pronouncing words, recognizing sight words, how to put sentences together, reminding to wash hands after potty, etc.
But with the ratio of 12 kids and 1 teacher (maybe a assistant teacher in the mix) we as parents should help out a little beforehand, for our children’s safety, sake and our minds to be somewhat sane. 😉
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The grading guidelines:
Right on track: Your child is doing better than expected
Right in the middle: Your child is right on the curve of knowing these tasks and can continue to grow with this task
Needs some work: This just means there’s room for improvement (I’ll link resources to help in a positive way)
Hopefully by this age your soon to be Kinder is well… potty trained. But parents know that kids have basically short term memory and forget to do basic things such as wiping, washing hands, and being able to pull bottoms up by themselves.
Right on track: Knowing when to ask to go, can unbutton/unzip/zip/button by themselves, remembers to wash hands.
Right in the middle: Can mostly go to the bathroom by themselves but may need to be reminded to wash hands, button/zip bottoms, ect.
Needs some work: Waits till the last minute to ask to go (causing an accident), can’t manage their bottoms and needs help, forgets to wash hands.
Is there need for concern? Noooooo! Kids are always learning life skills, it’s just something simple we can do as parents to keep note of our kids actions when they go to the bathroom. Are they wiping correctly? Are they washing their hands or do they need reminded? The simple correction is to go over the basics with the kids. To keep repeating a process (Like: Undo bottoms, potty, wipe, pull up bottoms, wash hands, dry hands, flush) they will catch on and it will become like second nature.
Tips: Be mindful of the type of clothing you choose for your little one, example being… no overalls unless they know how to unfasten them. Always pack an extra set of clothes in the backpack. (undies, socks, bottoms, top).
Right on track: Counting up to 50
Right in the middle: Counting up to 30-40
Needs some work: Counting to 10, then mumbling random numbers in the teens
I don’t know exactly what all the schools teach as far as counting goes. But from my own experience, where I live, my oldest only had to learn to count up to 30. They never did math problems that exceeded the number 30. She can count more than that (over-achiever lol) but make sure you ask your child’s teacher what they would like him/her to be able to count up to.
Tip: When reading a book or a flock of geese are in the park, have your child count how many there are. Even with books not about counting, my youngest (who will be in Kinder-) loves to count anything that is more than 2 items.
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Right on track: Child can recognize all uppercase & lowercase plus all sounds
Right in the middle: Child can recognize uppercase & lowercase and maybe some sounds
Needs some work: Child only recognizes a few uppercase & lowercase and no sounds
You can be driving around and your child is in the backseat, you both are singing the alphabet song… now is it just me or was I the only one that was shocked that my kids knew every single letter A-Z!??? Good times.
Well, that is considered a fun learning activity! It’s amazing what kid’s brains absorb in such little time. Anyways, teachers are there to help kids put these letters together, know what sounds they make (like CH). From there they will learn sight words and be able to pronounce them. But first, they need to know what every letter is, it’s completely okay if children get a few confused such as b and p. In a kids mind, they look alike, so make sure to practice with them about the differences.
Tip: Head over to the dollar store where they have great tools to help kids learn about abc’s (hello flashcards!), writing pads (practice the difference of b and p), etc. Kid’s LOVE learning, so even though these items don’t seem like all that much, kids will still have one heck of a time practicing.
Right on track: Knows basic colors, different color shades, and what 2 colors mixed make a new color
Right in the middle: Knows basic colors and the different shades (like blues), maybe some mixed colors
Needs some work: Knows basic colors, doesn’t pay attention to different shades (dark blue vs light blue), doesn’t know mixed colors
Once again I don’t know how in depth the school will want your child to know about colors. But it never hurts to point out colorful items around the house and have your kids say the color. My kids honestly learned all about colors through Bubble Guppies: Get ready for school. Not only is Bubble Guppies a kid friendly (and this mom approved) show, it really does a great job in teaching things in a way that children can comprehend. The episode is called The Crayon Prix, and they talk about colors and what two colors mixed makes a new color. Awesome!
Tip: Watch shows, read books about colors such as Mouse Paint with your child and let them point out the colors. My kids have this book and its actually cute!
Right on track: Child can draw a stick figure or better, house, gets the concept of a picture (house, sun, flowers)
Right in the middle: Can draw simple things like circles with a happy face, hearts, letters
Needs some work: Doodles that make no sense
Every child is an artist! Or that’s what everyone says… right? All I know is at my kids school, the teacher showed me a drawing from a previous Kinder Child, one drawing from the beginning of the year and a second drawing from towards the end of the year. Basically the drawing went from a stick figure family, scattered all over the paper and random color splotches to the second one with a family (closer together) wearing dresses, with a house in the background. Teacher’s will be teaching children to be able to create a family portrait, ways to create an actual drawing that people can make sense of, a drawing that tells a story.
Going in, my oldest didn’t draw very good, and now she is always drawing family pictures, it’s cute and a lot of papers…
Don’t worry much about this drawing aspect. This is were shapes come into play, such as a circle for the head, happy face, a triangle for a girl’s dress. Simple things like that.
Right on track: Very social, child will say hello to almost every person they see
Right in the middle: Social enough, talks regularly to people they know, strangers not so much
Needs some work: Shy and quiet, may also be scared to ask for help or to play with another kid
Being shy is not a bad thing, heck I was the shyest kid in school for almost my whole school life. The only reason I had a friend was because a girl sat next to me and asked me straight out if we could be best friends. And guess what? I’m still best friends with this lady! 🙂
What I mostly mean by social is, does your child get along with other kids? Do they boss other kids around?
As parents we should be in tune of how our kids act around different people, adults and kids. We want to make sure that when a child needs help, they aren’t too shy to ask for it. An example being, a child needing a drink of water but never asks the teacher. I don’t know any real way to coax a child to be the most social, but I do have a tip.
Tip: Be sure to visit your child’s school, have a tour, meet the staff there, and make sure to go to open house night. This is where you and the child will get to meet the teacher before school starts, and then another day (scheduled) to do the assessment.
Assessment: The screening where the teacher will spend one on one time with the soon to be Kinder, and see where they are at with subjects. Teacher will take notes on what will be focused on for improving. No failing at all.
This gives the Kinder some time to become comfortable with their teacher and may feel less scared to ask for help when needed.
Another big thing teachers look for is how kids play with other’s. Teachers want the children to make friends, get along, share, do group activities.
Right on track: Says “Please”, “Thanks”, and “Welcome”. Child knows when it is appropriate to ask questions, listens to commands.
Right in the middle: Child knows the “Please and Thank you”, listens to simple commands (like sit in a circle) but may interrupt the class to ask or speak.
Needs some work: Child doesn’t say “Please or Thank you”, may need to be told a few times to do a command, may not play well with other’s
As a mom of two, I strive to teach my kids manners. Kids are little sponges and they can be easily corrected. As parent’s, sometimes we are just so used to every day life that we don’t even think of inserting a “Please” in the moment. For example, the child may want a drink and says, “I’m thirsty.” This is a great opportunity to correct him/her to maybe say, “Can I have a drink please?” It’s not much but it does go a long way to a teacher who has to tend to lots of demanding kids. A simple please or thank you will melt their heart and the teacher may feel more appreciated, more respected.
WHEW!!! That was A LOT of information, but I sure do hope this has helped you out in some way! If you want to test out how much your soon to be Kinder may already know, don’t forget to download this Fun Screening Test. I made it just for you 🙂
As always, I hope you come back and have a kick arse year & And a Magical Day!