Kindergarten Round Up is always exciting for me. This is where we screen our incoming students and learn more about them. I loved walking down the hall and looking at the fresh little faces that might make up my future class. Reconnecting with parents from previous years and meeting new little friends.
Here are a few tips to make this year the BEST Kindergarten Round Up EVER!
Help the parents out!
Oh the forms… mountains of forms! Parents have their hands full. This day is pretty emotional for some of the parents. How about preparing a few busy bags to entertain the child? I love these ideas!
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You can find more Busy Bag ideas HERE.
And the bags are available HERE.
Have kid friendly books on hand
I had purchased these great (inexpensive) kindergarten friendly books from Wilbooks about 6 or 7 years ago. They are part of my classroom library. They are perfect for my class, but also great for kindergarten screening wait times.
A Gift that Helps!
As the child comes in, you can snap a quick photo of them. Then write their name on the pictures and cut it into a puzzle. This will make a great parting gift that will also help the child learn the letters in their name.
Learn what they know
One important part of the round up is to assess when the child is academically and developmentally. In my school, we used this assessment to develop class lists. It was our attempt to distribute the students evenly between the classrooms.
Did you know that ESGI has the tests already ready for you? WINNING!!!
Just like other ESGI testing, students are tested one-on-one. I liked to use my iPad to do the testing, but a computer is always an option.
You simply ask, “What is this letter?” The click Y if they named it correctly or N if they did not.
Then, once all of the testing is complete, you can print out a report to send home with the parent. This will give them some goals to work on…
AND… you can print out flash cards… right then… right on the spot!
If you already have ESGI, this screening is available to you! There is no charge for this, but you just need to click HERE to request it. EASY! PEASY!
Best of luck during your kindergarten screening!