Let's be honest, the idea of "assessment of your child" tends to make most every parent a little concerned.
After all what if they don't understand that your child is tired, in a new environment, didn't sleep well, hates that their socks don't match, didn't have a real breakfast, wants a dog and that's all they care about right now ..... it's an endless list isn't it?
And who is this person to decide what your child should know right this minute?
This week I am going to try to address some of those things for you, and show you how you can handle this kind of thing on your own and when to ask for help.
But first here are the KEY TAKEAWAYS I really want you to know:
1) an assessment is a moment in time
2) you see and hear a big focus on assessments at the beginning and end of school years (sometimes semesters too) because people want to see was their a RESULT? (plus some places use it for funding or staffing)
3) milestones are not magic dates, they are the normal/average progressions (similar to an average 3 year old weighs)
4) the best assessments are the observations, over time, does the child often, sometimes, never, always do ______
5) playing and talking, and using skills is a great time to observe, instead of a sit down, sit here, do this pressure step
Take a deep breath! Let's learn more this week.
Until next time, take care of YOU!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K