Let's talk today about specifics for what to look for in an assessment for the ABC's.
Does the child know the ABC song? They can sing it, and in the right order, even the "lmnop", there in the middle, like l, m, n (you get the idea).
Does the child recognize letters when they see them, and this means mixed up random presentation. The difference of C and O, here's a B or an X. Not all (but they might) or a few, or none, where are they in learning the letters.
Does the child know sounds of letters, like C cat, or D dog? Your child probably doesn't have this headed into preschool. And some kids don't have all of the letters and sounds when they head into Kinder.
Now take a deep breath. No really take one - because notice I did not say your kid needs to know all of these things before, or after or at.
Not at all!
This is just the example of the learning level, curve, ability that your child has going in, has going through, or has at the end.
This simply gives you an idea of the kind of stuff you want to focus on at home. Learn the ABC song, sing it often.
Get some ABC magnets, blocks or cards and play putting them in order, or finding the C for Cat. All they are looking for is the C, you are just adding on that bit of knowledge that the will remember later.
And when you are introducing a food at dinner, we are having carrots, /k/ carrots, did you know that starts with C? I like carrots, they are orange.
Do not make all of your conversations like this, live life, enjoy your child, take the pressure off of yourself. These are just examples of how you can layer in learning to the fun you are already having with your child, and the conversations.
And you can see how that add in and up for later, in the assessment process.
Until next time, take care of you!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K