Evaluation for preschoolers

October 18, 2018

Assessment plays a crucial role in early childhood program. Assessing children at an early stage acts as a tool used to collect and provide educators, parents, and families with critical information about a child’s development and growth. When facilitators do an assessment, they examine a child to get information about what he knows and what he can do. After collecting this information, educators can offer assistance and guidance to parents. Many preschools often conduct internal preschool assessments unlike standardized tests that children have to attempt when they grow old and attends a formal school. The preschool assessments don’t have any wrong or right answers, but they are in the form of worksheets and activities based on the daily work done in classrooms.

This evaluation record is shared with parents so they can follow their child’s progress at school, understand their strengths and difficulty areas, and plan how they can help them in learning at their homes.

Importance of assessment

Assessment provides educators, parents, and families with crucial information about a child’s development and growth. Assessment can:

  • Provide a record of growth in cognitive, physical/motor, language, socialemotional, and approaches to learning.
  • Helps in identifying children who may need extra support.
  • Help teachers plan lesson plans or instruction for a child or for a group of children that are at the same stage of development.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses within a program that how well the program meets the goals and needs of the children.
  • Provide a platform between teachers and parents to work on a strategy to support their child.

Different evaluation methods

The below given methods are effective and keep teachers and parents inform about their child’s progress.

  • Observations can be made with least or no intervention into children’s activities. Educators can observe all phases of development, including intellectual, linguistic, social-emotional, and physical development, on a regular basis.
  • Portfolios are a record of activity sheets that is done by the children during a span of time. The worksheets clearly shows the progress of a child’s development. Portfolios can be an important tool for teachers to showcase the work done by the children to their parents.
  • Educator grading to assess child’s cognitive and language abilities as well as their social-emotional development.
  • Standardized Tests are tests created to fit a set of testing standards. These tests are administered and scored in a standard manner and are often used to assess the performance of children in a program.

So, to sum up one can say that assessment of young learners using different methods of evaluation enables their facilitator to present a better record including their development, strengths and weaknesses to their parents. This helps both the teacher and parent to boost their child intellectually and physically for better learning.

Good touch and Bad touchRole of play for a preschooler
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