Regardless of a student’s age, teachers must assess their progress regularly to ensure that they are not falling behind their peers. Assessment also provides teachers with valuable information they can use to improve their instruction methods. However, assessing preschoolers can be more difficult than assessing older students, as preschoolers can’t read traditional written assessments and may have trouble focusing long enough to complete a verbal assessment with the teacher.
Fortunately, teachers can learn a lot about a preschooler’s educational status through the use of online assessment, as well as printable assessment tools designed specifically for preschoolers. Below are three websites that provide effective assessment tools for teachers of preschool-age students.
JumpStart is a very popular website that provides learning activities for preschoolers and tracks their progress for parents and teachers. The site includes learning games and videos that can be accessed from a computer or a mobile phone. Teachers and parents can use “JumpStart Mom” to learn more about each student’s strengths and weaknesses in key subject areas, as well as games they have played most frequently and how well they performed. Creating an account is easy and free, and kids can use this program both at home and school. JumpStart also provides specialized educational programs available for purchase on CD.
Though Enchanted Learning doesn’t include online activities for preschoolers, it does offer plenty of printable assessment tools for teachers to use in the classroom. Available tools assess writing skills, early reading skills and preschool mathematics. Many of these tools can also be used to teach students about a certain subject or enhance their understanding. Viewing most of the tools is free, but teachers can access printable versions of assessment tools for a $20.00 subscription that must be renewed annually.
Much like JumpStart, Nick Jr. Boost offers a variety of online learning activities for preschool students. The games on this site were created by educators and designed to adjust to the pace of each individual child based on his or her responses. Nick Jr. Boost also tracks each child’s progress as he or she completes various activities. A summary of each child’s current status is available on a progress report that can only be accessed by the adult that created the account. Nick Jr. Boost is useful for both parents and teachers. However, using this site requires the purchase of a membership. Each membership is valid for up to six children. Teachers can choose to renew memberships either quarterly or annually.
These are just a few of the many websites available online that offer assessment tools for preschoolers. When used appropriately, these tools can be very effective in evaluating preschool students’ progress and tailoring the instructional process to their needs.