Progress Report Forms and New year Planning

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December 2011, Issue # 8

In This Issue:

New News!

Article: Developmental Checklists and Progress Reports

Tips & Timesavers: New Year Planning

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Progress Reports and Developmental Checklists

Last month, our article was regarding preparing for Parent Teacher Conferences. This month, I am sharing a few preschool developmental checklists and a full progress report. You are welcome to change and use them in any way you need to for your program!

A few reminders about these reports and forms:

1. It is important that the items on your forms reflect the goals and philosophy of your program. For example, if one of your goals with a group is letter recognition and not actual printing of letters, be sure to reflect that clearly on your forms.

For example, do not have a line that says “prints own name” if you are not working on letter instruction or print with this group. Certainly, you could comment in a comments section that “your child has begun to print their first name).

Another example would be having a goal on the form that states “draws recognizable pictures”. This is part of Gessel testing for Kindergarten, however, your three year old students, although many are able to do this, are not expected to do this at just three years old. Again, this is something you could comment on under fine motor or creativity sections.

The point is, once you list an expectation on your forms that you present to parents, it becomes and expected goal to the family. By listing an item, you are telling parents that their child should be doing what is on the form.

2. Use your checklists and progress reports as a base for planning for the rest of the year. Are all of your students already mastering one-to-one correspondence up to 5 based on your forms? If so, begin working on larger math sets with them. If not, stop at the number three and add more activities that allow them to practice their one-to-one skills and then go on once they have mastered that level.

Are all of your students printing their first names? If so, begin working on last name recognition and then last name printing. If you see, based on your assessments, that most of them have not mastered their first names, provide more opportunities for them to do this before moving on to last name mastery.

3. Your progress reports are a great way to communicate with families and to help you plan appropriate activities based on the knowledge of where your students are and where you want them to be. Use them well!

For more basic information on assessments, go to the PRESCHOOL ASSESSEMNT PAGE by clicking here

TIPS and TIMESAVERS: New Year Planning—

This month, I thought I’d just share the links to planning pages for December and January.

Christmas-Christian Theme Page

Christmas-General Theme Page

New Year Theme Page

Winter Theme Page

Winter Animals Theme Page

Preschool Progress Report Page
(Samples of Progress reports you can use are near the bottom of the page)


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