At KSELC, we delight in the growth we see in our students. We patiently remind our children to use their words when they face a “situation” with a classmate. And, we are eager to watch and listen to see how it will be handled. Often, the children have not yet claimed negotiating skills or mastered their own voice. But when they begin to do so, witnessing their interpretations of our teacher modeling is both rewarding and adorable.
How we measure learning at the preschool level.
Growth becomes apparent through very keen observation in a preschool program that focuses on social skills and play-based learning. We measure our students’ personal and academic growth through knowledgeable and informed observation and conversation.
Relevant evaluations are done by someone familiar with the child’s “baseline.”
In the mind of a casual observer, verbal objections from one child to another may translate to selfishness or rigidity. However, to the teacher who knows the children well, that verbal exchange may signal a milestone for the protestor, who is now articulating her frustrations rather than hitting or grabbing or stomping away.
We rejoice in each milestone.
When a child who typically needs step by step instructions, quietly cleans up her lunch spot and put her things away, without any prompting, we know we’ve seen a milestone. One we commend, and quietly rejoice. Likely an insignificant act to the eyes of a stranger; to us, it’s something to take a small bit of pride in. She may or may not do it again for a while, but we will continue to offer gentle reminders, and recognize the small actions or words with a conscious acknowledgment, and guide each child toward their next individual milestones.