How does your child play and interact with others at preschool? Does he/she have an innate ability to cheer up their friends when they are upset? What specific ways has he/she grown in the past six months? What are the milestones to watch for?
These are all incredibly important questions that parents want to know. And, they can all be answered through child assessments and progress reports.
There have been countless studies on the value that parent and family involvement plays in a child’s formal education. But, we believe that parent involvement is just as valuable, if not more, at the early childhood education level. In fact, we’ve seen firsthand that helping parents play a more active role in their child’s development through assessment and progress reports is one of the most significant benefits of an academically-focused preschool for both students and parents.
3 Benefits of Child Assessments & Progress Reports in Preschool
Whether your child is just learning to walk or getting ready to start school, there is important information to be learned at every level. Here are a few specific reasons we believe in the value of regular child assessments and progress reports:
It tracks the trajectory of your child’s growth in every area. Do you ever look at your child and wonder how they grew up so fast? If so, you’re not alone. Assessments and progress reports provide a record of your child’s growth in all developmental areas: cognitive, physical/motor, language, social-emotional, and approaches to learning. While it may seem like time is flying by, progress reports provide a snapshot of the specific ways your child has grown in the past three to six months.
It helps parents and teachers partner together around specific strategies for growth. Whether your child has areas of natural giftedness or areas that need improvement, assessments and progress reports allow parents and teachers to focus on enhancing specific skills or subjects. Each assessment provides a common ground between educators and parents to use in collaborating on a strategy to support their child.
It creates opportunities to engage with your child around school activities. By outlining the specific things your child is learning at school, progress reports provide new ways for parents to relate school activities to home activities and experiences. Whether you want to be more intentional about reading with your children before bed, or you’re looking for ways to incorporate learning into everyday tasks, assessments and progress reports help you know the specific things your child is learning at school, and they provide insights to help you create a holistic learning environment for your child.
The Gardner School’s Approach to Child Assessments & Progress Reports
At The Gardner School, we believe that providing parents with regular updates and insights on the progress of their children is one of the most valuable things we can do as an early childhood education center. Not only does it help ensure students are progressing, it also allows parents the opportunity to understand their child’s unique strengths and weaknesses.
In addition to phone calls and daily communication through the PreciouStatus app, The Gardner School conducts multiple assessments and conferences throughout the year. Pre-school conferences (for students two-and-a-half years old to Kindergarten) are held twice a year in the spring and fall. Conferences with parents for our infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds are also held in the spring and fall with a mid-year update provided to parents in January.
To learn more about the various ways The Gardner School works to keep parents active and involved your child’s development, contact our team today.