Use Your Preschool Progress Report as a Planning Tool!
Preschool Progress Report- Use these assessments as Planning Tools!
Child assessments have many names: preschool progress reports, report cards, developmental progress forms. You may complete them annually, semi-annually or quarterly depending on your program’s policy and state requirements.
As early childhood educators, we put much time and thought into completing these for each child. You may have collected items for a portfolio, written anecdotal comments from your observations to share with the families and have carefully completed each section of the form with that individual child in thoughtful focus.
This helps the family to know what the goals of your program are for their child’s classroom as well as where there child is in the areas of social, intellectual, emotional and physical development. Your personal notes help the family realize that you KNOW their child and what they are capable of.
The question: What happens to these assessments after they have been shared with the families? All too often, they are filed in the child’s individual file not to be looked at again or at least until the end of the school year when the final assessment is written for each child. If this is what happens in your program, you are missing out on a great curriculum planning tool!
Your assessments can be used to develop activities based on where your class is as a whole. They can also be used to plan small group activities based on individual abilities and needs. Take a look at your assessments to see if you are planning for your specific group or planning for an age range.
For example, your math area has many themed activities planned that encourage children to develop their one-to-one correspondence up to 5; sort manipulatives by color and/or size; and recognize numbers up to 10.
You review your assessments from the fall and see that, at that time, ALL of your children had strong one-to-one correspondence up to 10 and ALL knew their colors. You notice that about half of your children recognized numbers up to 5 and many recognized up to 15.
Knowing this information would change your plans for the math center. It would also suggest that you may want to have some small group activities for number recognition to work with children where they are at.
Many times we get so caught up in the planning for “three year olds” or “four year olds” that we lose sight of what we know about “OUR” three and four year olds!
PRESCHOOL PROGRESS REPORT SAMPLES
I've received many requests for samples of progress reports to use. Below are a few! Feel free to re-create them to fit your program's needs!
A Developmental Checklist for 3-4 Year Olds
Daily Progress Report
General Preschool Progress Report
The following two were created by my good friend, mentor and colleague, Peggy Kelly. A huge thank you to her for allowing me to offer these to you on my website!
3-4 Year Old Progress Report
4-5 Year Old Progress Report
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