What Are Kindergarten Screening Tests?

January 16th, 2015 watchmegrowdaycarecenter

kindergarten screening testsSome schools give kindergarten screening tests to children to see if they’re developmentally ready to start kindergarten. These tests help teachers and staff understand what a child knows and what they may need additional help with in the classroom.


Watch Me Grow Daycare Center helps prepare kids for kindergarten screening tests. At Watch Me Grow, the curriculum is focused on building the “whole child,” which includes social, emotional, physical and cognitive development so they’re ready to start kindergarten when the time comes.


A typical kindergarten screening test takes about 20 to 30 minutes, where a child is evaluated on a variety of tasks, paying close attention to their self-care and communication skills. Some things a child may be tested on include being able to put on his or her own jacket, including pulling up the zipper, as well as being able to answer basic questions verbally such as “What is your name?” and “How old are you?”


Kindergarten screening tests also consider a child’s cognitive skills. Can they recognize their own name in writing? Can they name at least five body parts?


Gross motor and fine motor skills are also evaluated. Can they stand and hop on one foot? Can they throw and catch a large ball? Can they fit pieces into a puzzle? Can they trace shapes, letters and numbers?


Kindergarten screening tests exist to make sure a child is ready for kindergarten. Watch Me Grow Daycare Center does everything possible to prepare children for these tests and, obviously, for kindergarten.



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