Monday, May 05, 2008

Keeping Up with Preschoolers

Last March, I posted the World Book scope and sequence for preschool. Here is a list of the things Colwyn had yet to learn and ought to, and a summary of his progress:

*Understands long and short - check!

*Uses left-to-right progression - he's mostly good about this, but still gets mixed up sometimes.. mainly when he's creating words on his own

*Identifies own first name in manuscript - check!

*Prints own first name - he prints his own name if I help him with the ordering of letters

*Understands top, bottom, middle - check!

*Knows birthday - still don't know this

*Is able to hop - check!

*Able to button a garment - check!

*Able to zip a zipper - check!

*Cuts simple shapes - check!

*Handles scissors well - check!

*Can be away from parents for 2-3 hours - yes, so long as he knows the adult well

*Is not afraid to go to school - still irrelevant

*Crosses residential street safely - again.. he would never be doing this own his own, but he knows to watch for cars, and when we're walking in our street, he runs to the sidewalk if he sees a car coming

*Asks to go to school - still irrelevant

*Knows home phone number - we're working on this.. he's doing pretty well

*Likes teachers - still irrelevant

*Meets visitors without shyness - sometimes he's quite shy, other times he isn't

So we've done pretty well.. not that any of this stuff is difficult to learn if you're just living your life. The only thing he has no clue about is his birthday, though he can accurately order everyone's birthdays (ie - he knows it's Daddy's birthday next, then Lachlann's, then Mommy's, then his). Everything else is pretty much set. Considering that he'd still be going to preschool in the fall rather than kindergarten.. I'm pretty confident that we can take it easy when the baby's born. :)



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