Before the Christmas break, my son’s teacher sent home a note informing the parents that beginning at the first of the year, the students will be “tested” on their reading words, spelling and using the words appropriately in a sentence.
My first thought was “TESTS ALREADY?” I always like to think back about what I was doing in Kindergarten and I don’t think that we were getting “tested” at that point. But today is a different time and generation. Assessments are necessary and I am in agreement.
Here on the blog, I highly support and recommend supplementing your child’s education at home. I think that every parent should go into partnership with their child’s school/teacher to assure a child’s success.
This is how I am preparing my child for school assessments in Kindergarten:
1. Review Thomas’ work everyday when he gets home and if nothing is sent home that day, at least discuss what occurred in the classroom.
2. Read a book every night. I also add the books that we read to my Amazon bookcase that is located in the right side column of this blog. I welcome you to join us. Many of these books have the “sight words” that Thomas is working on in them and I read the words he doesn’t know and allow him to identify and read his “sight words”.
This book “Panda Whispers” is a great book about animals and their babies. It also contains many of the “sight words” that Thomas can read.
3. Every outing we take (i.e. grocery store, bank, drug store, zoo, restaurant) I use as a learning experience for Thomas. There are lots of reading, math, and critical thinking opportunities out in the world.
What do you think? Do you feel that Kindergarten is too early to begin to test or assess a child’s learning? I would love to hear your comments.