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Old Yesterday, 01:51 PM
 
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So today my son was tested on some sight words. We got the words last Friday and have been practicing them all week. He knew them with us the only words he confused a bit were in and is. We found out from the teacher that he only knew 3 of the words when tested today with her.

DH and I feel frustrated. I anticipated something like this would happen but we did our best with learning and he knew them with us then flubbed with the teacher. In a completely different environment and with a different person and who knows what else was going on his 5 yr old brain. I feel a bit dismayed. He is a bright boy, has an extensive vocabulary, but he will be judged on these 10 words that he didnít know with this teacher.

Is it too early to worry?
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Old Yesterday, 01:57 PM
 
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Is it too early to worry?
Yes.
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Old Yesterday, 02:16 PM
 
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Itís way too early to worry.
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Old Yesterday, 02:24 PM
 
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It’s just annoying because I know there were kids that did get the words with the teacher but my kid didn’t. It makes me feel better that he knew them with us, but knowing them with the teacher is what counts in life. It just seems weird that he only got 3 out of 10 with her but got all of them with us.
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Old Yesterday, 04:58 PM
 
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Testing in kindergarten is child abuse in my book.
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Old Yesterday, 05:13 PM
 
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Too early to worry for sure.


You keep saying he will be "judged"....what was the purpose of the test? Sometimes it's simply to see where they are - particularly early in the year like this. The teacher will figure out where kids are over the course of the year. It's not a college entrance exam.


Breathe.
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Old Yesterday, 05:32 PM
 
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I am sure that this wasn't really a "test" but more of "documentation of skills mastered". Kindergarten teachers are required to document the skills that each child learns throughout the school year.
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Old Yesterday, 05:34 PM
 
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I am sure that this wasn't really a "test" but more of "documentation of skills mastered". Kindergarten teachers are required to document the skills that each child learns throughout the school year.

Exactly - more of a baseline assessment.
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Old Yesterday, 06:39 PM
 
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Gosh, don't make it into a big deal. You want him to love reading. Part of going to school is being evaluated & learning to roll with it.
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Old Yesterday, 06:39 PM
 
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DH emailed the teacher asking for more details on what happened. He told her that he finds it ‘alarming’ that our son knew the words with us but basically failed with her. I was like omg you really used the word alarming to describe this situation. I admit I’m a little concerned but apparently DH is fuming. The teacher said my son was trying to spell the words which he didn’t need to do and was taking longer than three to five seconds to recognize the words. He was able to recognize them with us tonight. We even spelled a few words out loud while driving and he knew the words. The teacher is going to go over the words with him again Monday.
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