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Preschool Learning

Your child will thrive here!

Every year, we use national assessments to help us track and celebrate milestones with you, and make sure were doing the best job we can for your kids. Our assessments from TerraNova, BRIGANCE and Ages & Stages Questionnaires help us look at all kinds of skills, from language and math to gross and fine motor, and even social-emotional.

Year after year, the power of our programs is clear: The longer kids stay with us, the more prepared they are for elementary school—and beyond!

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In our classrooms, your child will set the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Wherever they go from here, they’ll be ready to think bigger, feel stronger, and aim higher. So, leave your parent guilt at the door because your child will thrive in our care!

Why are school assessments so important to us (and for your child)

You know how they say that kids are like sponges? Well, it’s true! The window of time between infancy and age six is when children learn better and develop more than any other time in their lives. So, while anyone can be a lifelong learner, you simply can’t make up for how much can be learned when you’re young.

School assessments are one of the ways we screen students to see how well they’re meeting the expectations for developmental milestones (or norms). “Developmental norms” are created by statistical curves, and we use them as a benchmark for comparing children’s advancement. So, when we say children “do better” we mean they’ve shown more advanced skills than a group of their same-age peers.

12 fun questions your kids might be asked during assessment screenings (depending upon their age).

Most of our assessments are administered by our teachers, during class time.* They create a low-pressure “screening” environment where they can observe your child and ask questions provided by TerraNova and BRIGANCE.

TerraNova focuses on early math and early reading skills, and depending upon the age of your child, the TerraNova reading screening might begin with the teacher reading a passage out loud and asking questions like:

  • Where was the elephant going?
  • What happened at the beginning of the story?
  • What happened at the end?
  • Which words in this story rhyme?

Depending upon the age of the child, in math the TerraNova screening students might:

  • Predict which picture will come next in a pattern.
  • Count and answer questions about adding two numbers together
  • Compare different sized objects to each other
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the idea of “more” and “less.”
  • Identify the names of shapes, the values of coins, and the sequence of days in the week.

BRIGANCE looks at language development, physical development, academic and cognitive development, social emotional development, and self-help skills. Our teachers administer this screening for infants through six-year-olds based on specific skills that they look for during their observations and interactions with each child.

Depending upon the age of the child, kids might be asked questions like:

  • What is your name?
  • When's your birthday?
  • Can you stand on one foot?

Kids might also be asked to identify letters and their sounds, recite the alphabet, copy patterns and pictures, and more. Babies are assessed by looking for other developmental clues like babbling, sitting up, learning to crawl, and more.

*ASQ assessments are administered in the child’s home by their parent or guardian.

Some things we do (and don’t do) with assessment results, and what you can learn from them.

School assessments give our educators an idea of how students are performing in key learning areas compared to what’s expected from kids at their same ages. We also use assessment results as a starting point for conversation with you about your child’s strengths and areas for growth and development.

Remember, we’re not doctors, we’re educators! We don’t use our assessments to make any kind of diagnosis for your child, nor do we use them to determine gifted or talented potential. But we can use them to help families identify when an early intervention referral might be useful.

We’re always looking for ways to do better, try harder, and push ourselves further. Assessments can help us quality-check our own teaching and program offerings so we can make sure to give your child an exceptional learning experience