Welcome to a Micro Moment Trainings with Mother Goose Time. Today we are going to take a quick tour through the Mother Goose Time Assessment System. This system is fully integrated and included with your purchase of the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum.
Quick Tour Assessment System
We believe that assessment of young children should be observed in the natural flow of the day while children play and participate in the daily routines. This is called Authentic Assessment.
With the Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum system, you will use both developmental benchmark tracking for 33 key skills (show poster and stickers) as well as child portfolios (show portfolio) filled with work samples to paint a comprehensive picture of a child’s growth over time.
Let’s look at all of the tools to support your authentic assessment process and a brief explanation of each. To learn more about how to implemenent assessment with, check out other Micro Moment trainings focused on each tool as it relates to the assessment process.
- Developmental Continuum of Skills Poster (with support Research Foundation): These are the skills from birth through approximately age 8 that children learn and develop over time. These skills and the benchmarks are based in research and outlined in the ‘Research Foundation’ book.
- The Teacher Guide includes 20 lesson plans. Within each lesson plan, skills from this continuum are integrated into each activity. There is also an assessment prompt at the bottom of each activity to help educators observe the skill in action. While children play, you can naturally observe their use of this skill.
- The Skills Chart gives you a quick look at all of the skills integrated within all 20 lessons. The skills and skill goals are listed along the left column. Along the top, you find the lesson numbers. For example, on day 3 you can see these dots. The dots represent all of the skills featured in the activities for that day. Perhaps you notice the stars.
- The Star is your quick cue to be sure to document and save a work sample in the Child’s portfolio. Follow the stars and after 3 months of observation and documentation, you will have documented assessment of all 33 skills and their learning goals. Continue to follow the stars all year, and you will have a beginning, middle and end point for tracking growth and development through the year. Let’s look back in the Teacher Guide and see that there is approximately one star per day. Although you can assess many more skills than just one per day – but, if you assess and document at least these starred activities, you will be on track for a comprehensive assessment for each child.
- Skill Stickers: are available to print online. The stickers clearly define the skills and learning goals so that you can simply check the child’s level while he plays or creates. Make a note and then put the sticker on the back of the child’s work sample. This connects the child’s work sample to your assessment observation.
- If you have a large group, print out the Group Skill Form and keep track of skill levels for all children in one place. Later, fill out the stickers and attach to work samples and photos.
- Which of these skill stickers or forms should you have handy during the month? Easy! Check the back of your Planning Journal. Here, we list the starred activities and assessed skills for the month.
- Where will you keep all of the child’s artwork, writing and math samples? In their portfolio! Create a beautiful Child Portfolio with the included cover, back and spine sheets found in your Getting Started pack. We recommend a 2” binder but use any sized binder you prefer.
- Each month, we include a divider sheet for each child. This divider sheet connects to the thematic study and on the back are a summary of the starred skills for the month. File the child work samples that connect to these skills behind the divider.
- Finally, check out the “how to create a Child Portfolio’ booklet for a written reference of everything I just explained as well as tips on how to host a family meeting to present the Child’s Portfolio – This booklet is found in your Getting Started kit.
Together these 10 tools will support your implementation of a research-based authentic assessment process.
The purpose of assessment is to make learning visible to the child, parent and to you! Assessment can help inform your future lesson planning so that you can individualize it to the unique goals, needs and interests of the child. With MGT, you can continuously observe, reflect and adapt learning experiences to best match your children.
As a next step, I invite you to check out another micro-moment training on assessment called: How to create your Child’s Portfolio Binder.
Thank you for participating in a micro-moment training with Mother Goose Time.