Early childhood assessments provide an in-depth look at your preschooler’s growth and development. While U-GRO Learning Centres’ team members monitor progress children’s on a daily basis, they also provide formal assessments three times during the school year.
During these assessments, team members look at nine developmental domains to assess how your preschooler is progressing as he or she prepares for kindergarten. These skills serve as indicators of kindergarten readiness, but progress in these domains will occur at different times for every child.
Through social-emotional skills, children learn how to persist through challenging tasks, solve problems on their own, and more.
Often, parents may think of kindergarten readiness only from an academic standpoint. Social-emotional skills are critical to success in kindergarten and in life. Team members observe preschoolers’ social-emotional development, looking for skills like:
- Ability to self-regulate
- Communicate with others
- Initiate interaction with others through play
- Practice independence where appropriate (i.e., self-help tasks)
- Make decisions
This area monitors children’s ability to complete different physical tasks that other children of the same age are developing. Running and playing hopscotch are examples of gross motor skills that are age appropriate for preschoolers. For fine motor skills, preschool curriculum goals at U-GRO include writing their first name, using scissors to cut simple shapes, and tracing letters.
Throughout the year, we hope to see preschoolers reach milestones in rhyming words and letter and sound associations. Phonetic awareness is an important part of language development at this age, and it should become increasingly complex as your child reaches new milestones.
Additionally, children should be using sentences with more words, and asking lots of questions. Overall, teachers will look for growth in language comprehension.
Cognitive development looks at skills like problem solving, understanding the idea of “same” and “different,” decision making, and more. Using the example of problem solving, team members observe children’s ability to make decisions and use their cognition to solve a problem. For example, is your child able to try to resolve a conflict with a classmate and reach a compromise?
Our team members hope to see preschoolers improve their ability to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Additionally, upper and lowercase letter recognition is important, as well as being able to identify letters in their own name. As children are closer to kindergarten age, they should be able to identify some sight words.
Children’s counting skills should continue to grow throughout preschool, counting up to 10, and then 20 or higher. Children should also understand concepts like more, less, or the same.
In pre-K, children likely won’t know addition and subtraction, but an important goal is understanding that this means putting something together or taking something away.
Science and Technology
Our preschool curriculum is rooted in STEAM concepts. Preschool classroom activities at U-GRO will help children explore and learn through the use of their five senses, use natural resources, and create things out of different materials.
In preschool, social studies begins with understanding the classroom as a community and how children can contribute to a positive learning environment.
U-GRO team members are also teaching children about different family ethnicities and cultures. They’re beginning to understand that people have similarities and differences in their family experiences.
The arts are another important part of our STEAM curriculum. Art encourages confidence, self-expression, and creativity, all of which are important social-emotional skills. Preschoolers may use art to convey specific emotions, represent objects, or draw shapes. In general, teachers look for preschoolers to be more purposeful with their art.
U-GRO teachers work to support preschoolers’ continued growth and preparedness for kindergarten and life with a challenging and engaging curriculum. 95.7% of U-GRO students meet or exceed Pennsylvania State expectations for entering kindergarten. Learn more about how we can give your child the best start in life!