Where Do You Start?
If your student has finished kindergarten and you want to make sure they are ready to proceed, this is the book to start with.
If your student is going into kindergarten, you do not need to assess your child, but you can use this book to help guide your school year.
If your student is coming out of a school system and you are unsure of where to start or your child’s educational experience, there are a few things to consider:
- If your student struggled in kindergarten, consider automatically staying with kindergarten level work this year to reinforce skills at this early learning stage.
- If your child completed kindergarten and neither struggled nor excelled, begin with the kindergarten test to ascertain any educational gaps.
- If your child excelled in kindergarten grade, start with this book and proceed according to the assessment score.
- If your child is special needs, professional diagnostic testing is recommended. If you choose to use Well Planned Start, administer the assessment using your best judgment while making accommodations for the needs of your child.
The Well Planned Start has been organized and arranged in order of sequence. Each section has an introduction with detailed information on how to assess your student, administer the placement test, and understand the milestones.
The goal of this section is to become familiar with what your student knows. If your student has been attending school or hybrid homeschooling, this area will give you the opportunity to begin dialogues to understand the depth of understanding in each subject.
There are detailed instructions on how to use this assessment, as well as worksheets to journal your findings.
Unlike standardized testing, these student placements allow parents to see first hand the specific areas students excel and need help in. By using the guide to administer the assessment, you not only give instructions to your student, but you will also follow instructions that help you know what to watch for as the student works through the questions. This allows you to discover where the breakdown begins in the process.
Parent Teaching Tips
After administering assessments, you will find practical teaching tips and activity suggestions for every concepts covered in the placement. Use these suggested activities to strengthen low-scoring areas, keep your child challenged, fill in gaps and more!
Complete with a checklist of milestones, Well Planned Start provides a year-long guide on what to expect from your child physically, emotionally, and academically. Beyond what they should achieve, we’ve included what they may achieve, including even advanced achievements. An additional checklist is included in each area to let you know how to help your child along the way.