Even though we homeschool through the summer, since the public school year is coming to an end, I felt inspired to assess how far we have come.
Today we did a Kindergarten assessment.
Here is what we did.
She was told today would be a “testing day”
I gave Katey a paper with premade boxes. She sat at the table with a pencil. I then told her a letter twice (ie; capital L, capital letter L), and then slowly counted to 5 (in my head) and moved on. We did this with capital and lowercase letters.
Next I had a sheet with all the capital and lowercase letters mixed up. I would point to a letter and she would have to tell me the letter name.
Then I had her number a paper from 1-20.
I then had her read a list of the sight words she had learned, along with some phonics words, I even threw in the next sight words we will be working on, just to see.
I had her tell me the days of the week and the months of the year in order.
She recited our address and phone number.
I had her identify shapes and sort objects.
She had to do some math problems; addition and subtraction to 10.
She then extended patterns.
We then got out the money to identify change and she had to tell me how much each is worth.
I had her read simple sentences using different punctuation and explain what each means.
I know what I already taught her and I was interested to see how she would fair in a testing situation.
I have mixed feelings about Katey and testing, well really I have mixed feelings about testing. I think she feels the pressure and locks up or something. In certain things I generally don’t agree with teaching to the test. However this assessment made both Katey and I feel really good. I hope with her doing so well, it will ease the pressure she puts on herself next time she is put in a testing situation.
She did really well. She said she is smarter than she thought. She was walking around hugging herself she was so proud.
I am so proud as well!
It was interesting to see how she knows the sounds of all the letters when reading, but when tested she missed a few. That same thing happened with many things today. She got it right here, but not there kinda thing.
We celebrated with some chocolate cake BEFORE lunch! What a treat!