Preschool Prep: Preschool Assessment
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What is Preschool Prep?
Do you have a young child or two who has outgrown Tot School and is ready for Preschool? Have you looked at all the free online choices during your preschool preparation? Does thinking about preschool curriculum make your head spin? Well, I know that the amount of free “Letter of the Week” and “Themed” curriculum is astounding.
I am creating the Preschool Prep series to help other moms and caregivers out! I have spent lots of time researching and planning for Preschool for Lil’ Red and I want to pass on this wealth of knowledge and resources to my readers!
I plan to share a variety of ideas and ways to prepare yourself, your environment, and your child for preschool in a multi-part series. I could create a super long and over whelming post with tons and tons of ideas, but I do not want to add frustration to your Preschool Prep situation. I want to share ideas for learning letters, numbers, colors, shapes, name recognition, character studies, etc. I will share with you very simple activities you can create yourself or some items you could look for during garage sale season. I am hoping to lessen the amount of time and money you spend by sharing what I am doing.
Why should I do a beginning assessment?
I think a beginning assessment is a really good idea. It will help you determine what your child already knows. You may even consider doing one at the beginning of the Summer and one at the end of the Summer just to see how much growth happened during a very free play time. You may be surprised what your child does or does not know. This will aid in your Preschool Prep and Curriculum selection.
Am I qualified to do an assessment on my child?
Yes, you are absolutely qualified to do an assessment on your child! You are not trying to determine or qualify your child for special services. You are just observing what your child does or does not know and what your child can or cannot do independently. This may be difficult to do casually if you have multiple children. Setting a specific time to do an assessment will help aid in focusing on your preschooler.
Here’s what the Letter Recognition part of our assessment looked like:
Where do I start?
You will need some sort of form that you can use. I have found some wonderful examples for you. Please do not reinvent the wheel. Save yourself some time and just print off one of these and go with it. I promise you will be so proud of yourself and your child once you do one. You may even be surprised at how much your child DOES know!
Free Assessment Forms:
Prekinders Pre-K Assessment Forms (alphabet, math, scissors, name writing)
Confessions of a Homeschooler (assessment, chores, blog planner)