Data Notebooks


Back to School Kindergarten Assessment

Hey guys, how's it going?

It's about that time again, yes, school time, 

and I've been working on some things. 

As I've stated before, we have a new reading series, Wonders, 

and for once there isn't a baseline test. 

They have something called StartSmart, and it lasts for 3 weeks.

Anywho, whether we have a baseline test or not, I like to give

my kiddos a pre-test, just for myself. 

I've used other versions out there, but I feel like some of them just have too much stuff!!!

Soooo......I created a simple one with just the basics, like letter recognition, name writing, 

recognizing basic shapes, colors, and numbers 1-10.

And here are the student copies to use during testing.

I have also included a version that does not include the letter sounds. 

Click here for your copy!!!!


Styling and Filing

Hey guys, how's it going?

Exactly 3 weeks from today, I will be back in school,

I just can't believe it!!!

I've been working from home (as we all do),

and I've been working on my reading files.

Well, we are getting a new reading series this year, Wonders by McGraw-Hill.

When we had our former reading series, Reading Street by Scott Foresman,

this is how I had my files, in 1st grade and Kindergarten. 

I know, I know, beautiful, right? 

Haha, not!!!

Well, as I was cleaning out files, I decided that I did not want to go

that route again.

So, I came up with something else instead. 

I decided that instead of doing Unit 1 Week 1, etc., 

I would file by skill instead, because reading series come and go,

but the skill will always be the same.

So I got some bright colorful folders from Wal-Mart,

(I love colors!!).

I made some labels, and voila!!

I think it'll be so much easier this way, and since I'm bad about filing in a timely manner, 

I don't have to remember which week each skill belongs to!!

My goal is to expand this plan to everything,

to be more skill-based, rather than whatever the particular curriculum is at the time. 

Also, I finally updated my Community Helper unit that I created last year,

I was actually kind of embarrassed at some of it!!

Talk to you later!!!