I am required to do assessments on children within 45 days of enrollment. I think even if I was not funded through government sources I would continue to do this. It is absolutely a pain in the booty and takes a lot of my time but I learn so much. You get to see what knowledge and skills the children already have and what we need to work on.
Sometimes children surprise me. The quiet children are always a fun group to assess. They have all of this knowledge and language in their head but unless they are asked they don’t so much. I think that means I need to step up my asking .
Watching and listening to the children as they work through the assessment is interesting. Today I asked Elijah to write a diamond by showing him a picture. He said OK and made four dots on his paper and connected them. I don’t know if someone has taught him to write this way but it was brilliant and he was able to complete the task by doing it that way.
Once Kamden starts school I will need to do his full dial three and I will need to catch up Melanie because she has had a tummyache this week. Other than that, our assessments are done. I will be scoring these and planning zoom conferences to go over the details.
But as always, I hope you remember that children are distracted easy. I might ask them to count and they hear a dog bark or they see a fly and all the sudden they forget everything they know. The other things are more interesting to them. I don’t blame them