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Kindergarten screening

Posted by on Mar. 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM
Liz
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It didn't go as smoothly as I had hoped but it wasn't as bad as I could have imagined.

He walked into the school without an issue, went with the 5th grade escort without an issue, and was gone about 35 minutes or so before he came out with one of the teachers. They asked me to come back to the little gym where the screening was being held so I could talk to the speech teacher. The woman that I walked back with said he had been very withdrawn and they were having a hard time getting him to talk, however, when they were on their way to me, he caught sight of a knight painted on the wall and he just started talking about superheros.

I went back and the speech teacher was busy so I sat with him while he worked with one of the kindergarten teachers. He couldn't, or wouldn't, identify any of the letters but was fine with all the numbers, shapes, colors, etc. When he moved on to motor skills, he did relatively well...holding a pencil looks to be a chore. The school nurse approached me and told me that they might have some concern about his vision. They think he's 20/30 in one eye and 20/40 in another. But they said that he did appear tired which he should have been since he was up from 1:00-4:30 this morning because his stomach hurt. She did give me a form to take to a ophthalmologist so I could his eyes examined.

Once he was done, he was allowed to go play with the other kids but he went off to the side and did his own thing. He didn't interact with any of them.

He had to use the bathroom and when he walked into the boys bathroom, he came right back out because they had the scary toilet. Nadir does like the sound of a toilet flushing when he is in a new environment. The flush can be too loud for him so I had to take him to the girl's bathroom, let him pee, wash his hands, and then wait outside while I flushed the toilet.

The teacher that he sat with said that he appeared to be a completely different kid when I was there which wasn't what I really wanted to hear since I have no plans to attend kindergarten again. The speech teacher suggested that I visit the building a few times during the summer and let him walk through it just to get him comfortable. There is a morning towards the end of August when the kids can go to the school, get on a bus, and go for a ride. He's been on a school bus before with daycare but I think I'll do it anyway so he can get as much exposure to the school as he can.

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Cecelia712
by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM
He was in a new place with new people, it's understandable he wasnt himself.
I hope things go smoothly.
Im dreading this as well. We're looking for special ed k classes, G could never handle a regular class.
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lish2127
by Platinum Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 10:22 PM

There is a long time between now and September. It's nice to have the screening though because now you know what to work on. Just try not to make it a "you have to do this to get ready for Kindergarten" chore. He will mature a lot over the summer. Once he is into the routine of it and gets used to his teacher, he'll probably do just fine.

Addie was nowhere near ready when she went for screening and even though all the teachers reassured me she'd do just fine, I let them know I wasn't making a decision until the last minute whether I was sending her or not. She was not loving the idea of going to K either. I tried not to make it an issue with her and I just tried focusing on having a fun summer and working on her immaturities the best I could. Still, I was pretty unsure about sending her at 4, but I really didn't want to hold her back a whole year. She has adjusted really well. She's doing great academically. She had major potty insecurities too (and still does), but she has surprised me with how much she has overcome. She's still super quiet, takes forever to get her thoughts out (she's smart and knows the answer, she just won't say it), and just plays shy with her teachers, but they do eventually get stuff out of her. She makes friends easily and all the kids love her, but to me it always seems like she is super quiet around them too. She's exhausted at the end of the day. I don't regret sending her at all though. 

Mom2jngnc
by Stephannie on Mar. 20, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Liz, he will mature quite a bit between now and then. 
Yes, do the kinder orientation day. I know it's a pain in the @$$, and with Alex the teacher asked me if I wanted to do it for her....as despite the curriculum changes between 2000 and 2012 her prep the parents really hadn't changed much. 

Nadir knows a lot more than he lets on. I can get the names of the YouTube video clips that we used in morning circle time for the alphabet.... there has got to be away to get them to show up on the link for him...... 

lizmarie1975
by Liz on Mar. 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I hope so too! Do you have any options near you for a special ed kindergarten?

Quoting Cecelia712: He was in a new place with new people, it's understandable he wasnt himself. I hope things go smoothly. Im dreading this as well. We're looking for special ed k classes, G could never handle a regular class.


lizmarie1975
by Liz on Mar. 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

We have a book that we work in but he's mostly interested in the pages where you have to match what goes together or circle objects of a similar theme. He does well on those pages with me only telling him what he needs to do.

I think I'm going to get some flash cards and use those. They'll come in handy for Naseem, too.

Quoting lish2127:

There is a long time between now and September. It's nice to have the screening though because now you know what to work on. Just try not to make it a "you have to do this to get ready for Kindergarten" chore. He will mature a lot over the summer. Once he is into the routine of it and gets used to his teacher, he'll probably do just fine.

Addie was nowhere near ready when she went for screening and even though all the teachers reassured me she'd do just fine, I let them know I wasn't making a decision until the last minute whether I was sending her or not. She was not loving the idea of going to K either. I tried not to make it an issue with her and I just tried focusing on having a fun summer and working on her immaturities the best I could. Still, I was pretty unsure about sending her at 4, but I really didn't want to hold her back a whole year. She has adjusted really well. She's doing great academically. She had major potty insecurities too (and still does), but she has surprised me with how much she has overcome. She's still super quiet, takes forever to get her thoughts out (she's smart and knows the answer, she just won't say it), and just plays shy with her teachers, but they do eventually get stuff out of her. She makes friends easily and all the kids love her, but to me it always seems like she is super quiet around them too. She's exhausted at the end of the day. I don't regret sending her at all though. 


suebee3
by Member on Mar. 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM
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My son will be starting kindergarten in sept too.  He has 2 older sister's going there too so I think he will be fine.  He loves to learn and spell.  Good luck!  

Cecelia712
by Gold Member on Mar. 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Please post the YouTube info here if you dont mind. I could Use them with G.

Quoting Mom2jngnc:

Liz, he will mature quite a bit between now and then. Yes, do the kinder orientation day. I know it's a pain in the @$$, and with Alex the teacher asked me if I wanted to do it for her....as despite the curriculum changes between 2000 and 2012 her prep the parents really hadn't changed much. 

Nadir knows a lot more than he lets on. I can get the names of the YouTube video clips that we used in morning circle time for the alphabet.... there has got to be away to get them to show up on the link for him...... 

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lish2127
by Platinum Member on Mar. 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Addie like JUST barely knew the letters when she started K and only a couple letter sounds. Barely could identify some numbers up to 10. She learned all that in preschool and from me at home, but she just didn't remember stuff or just didn't answer. Once she started K she tested into a special reading help group in the beginning of the year working on letter sounds and after 6 weeks she tested out of it. I think a little light just turns on for some kids when they are ready. She's reading simple books now like Go Dog Go, Dick and Jane books, etc. Dylan was always ahead, but Addie is just learning as they are teaching it.

Quoting lizmarie1975:

We have a book that we work in but he's mostly interested in the pages where you have to match what goes together or circle objects of a similar theme. He does well on those pages with me only telling him what he needs to do.

I think I'm going to get some flash cards and use those. They'll come in handy for Naseem, too.

Quoting lish2127:

There is a long time between now and September. It's nice to have the screening though because now you know what to work on. Just try not to make it a "you have to do this to get ready for Kindergarten" chore. He will mature a lot over the summer. Once he is into the routine of it and gets used to his teacher, he'll probably do just fine.

Addie was nowhere near ready when she went for screening and even though all the teachers reassured me she'd do just fine, I let them know I wasn't making a decision until the last minute whether I was sending her or not. She was not loving the idea of going to K either. I tried not to make it an issue with her and I just tried focusing on having a fun summer and working on her immaturities the best I could. Still, I was pretty unsure about sending her at 4, but I really didn't want to hold her back a whole year. She has adjusted really well. She's doing great academically. She had major potty insecurities too (and still does), but she has surprised me with how much she has overcome. She's still super quiet, takes forever to get her thoughts out (she's smart and knows the answer, she just won't say it), and just plays shy with her teachers, but they do eventually get stuff out of her. She makes friends easily and all the kids love her, but to me it always seems like she is super quiet around them too. She's exhausted at the end of the day. I don't regret sending her at all though. 



Cecelia712
by Gold Member on Mar. 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM
My meeting isn't until May to find out if the school district can accommodate him.

Quoting lizmarie1975:

I hope so too! Do you have any options near you for a special ed kindergarten?

Quoting Cecelia712: He was in a new place with new people, it's understandable he wasnt himself.
I hope things go smoothly.
Im dreading this as well. We're looking for special ed k classes, G could never handle a regular class.

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Mom2jngnc
by Stephannie on Mar. 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

I will get the links and make it a topic on here.

Quoting Cecelia712: Please post the YouTube info here if you dont mind. I could Use them with G.
Quoting Mom2jngnc:

Liz, he will mature quite a bit between now and then. Yes, do the kinder orientation day. I know it's a pain in the @$$, and with Alex the teacher asked me if I wanted to do it for her....as despite the curriculum changes between 2000 and 2012 her prep the parents really hadn't changed much. 

Nadir knows a lot more than he lets on. I can get the names of the YouTube video clips that we used in morning circle time for the alphabet.... there has got to be away to get them to show up on the link for him...... 





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