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Tips for the BEST Kindergarten Round Up!

Kindergarten Round Up is always exciting for me.  This is where we do our kindergarten screening assessment on 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!
Tips for the BEST Kindergarten Round Up! 1
Source:  Powerful Mothering
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.

Kindergarten Screening Assessments

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 flashcards… right then… right on the spot!
If you already have ESGI, this kindergarten screening assessment is available to you!  There is no charge for this, but you just need to click HERE to request it.  EASY!  PEASY!
If you would like to try ESGI, you can get a 2 month free trial by clicking on the image below.
Best of luck with your kindergarten screening!

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

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12 Responses

  1. Thanks, Deedee. Where are your students when this is happening? Who conducts the screening? Thanks!

    1. We actually didn't do the screening in our school. So my class just went to see the "little kids" in the hall. HA! We had volunteers, nurse, aides, and counselors do the screening… Bless! Them!

  2. How many adults help with your Kinder Round Up? Do the children have a scheduled time to be assessed with ESGI? How much time do you allow for the entire Round up? We are making changes and I would love to know how you make this work!!

    1. We screened about 100 students so I would say we had about 6 adults help with the screening. The parents were encouraged to make appointments so they would not have to wait. We did the screening over a 2 day period. 🙂

  3. What could parents do while we are screening their children? All of the paperwork has to be filled out beforehand…

    1. There is the district handbook that they could go through and read. Then they sign off at the bottom… or they could sign the bottom, say they read it, and do a serious session on Candy Crush… HA!

  4. Kteacher- In our district, we administer the DSC-(Developmental Skills Checklist) at the beginning of the year. Kindergarten classes start a week later than the rest of the grades so that we can administer the screening test. We send out postcards with the child’s appointment, but take walk-ins or will reschedule if needed. While students are testing, parents are filling out the beginning of the year paperwork (emergency cards!, health questionnaire, etc.) We currently have 3 K teachers and we each do a section of the test so that we get to meet all of the incoming kids.

  5. Hi- Great website! Thank you so much! For your busy bags, where do you find the most durable kinds (with the pictured on your website?

    1. I got them at WalMart, but I think you can also find them on Amazon. Thank you!

  6. How long does the screening take per child? We’re revamping our round-up and I’m checking out different options. Thanks!

  7. Hi there,
    My school loves the idea of using ESGI to assess our incoming kinders. I clicked the link to request access and I have been given an assessment account by ESGI for my school to use. Now that I am in I am unable to locate the assessments pictured on this blog post. I contacted ESGI and they told me to search your name since you are a “friend of ESGI” however it says, “No content available” when I try to select any of your assessments (and I a unable to even find the ones pictured). Can you please direct me to the assessments that are pictured in this post (PreK to K screener, PreK pages, etc.)? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

    1. Hi there!

      Watching the videos help a TON! I also made a video on how to bring tests in. You can watch that by clicking HERE.

      Let me know how that works or if you get stuck again!

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