Parent Tool Kit Essay

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Parent Tool Kit
Head Start Assessment Series
Parents are the first teachers. As such, parents should have firsthand knowledge in how to assess the child’s readiness for school. This guide is designed to aid the parents along in preparing their child to becoming a student.
By Bethaney Meyer

Parent Tool Kit, Head Start Assessment Series
Table of Contents

Cover……………………………………………………………………………...page 1
Table of contents…………………………………………………………………page 2
Mission Statement……………………………………………………………… .page 3
Introduction………………………………………………………………………page 4,5
Upper Case Assessment mat……………………………………………………..page 6
Lowe Case Assessment mat………………………………………………………page 7
Numbers 0-20 Assessment mat.………………………………………………….page 8
Colors Assessment mat………….……………………………………………..…page 9
Blank Colors Assessment mat……………………………………………………page 10
Shapes Assessment mat…………………………………………………………..page 11
Color and Shapes recording sheet………………………………………………..page 12
Mathematical Assessment recording sheet………………………………………page 13
Concepts of print recording sheet………………………………………………..page 14
Oral Language and listening recording sheet…………………………………... page 15
Upper Letter recording sheet…………………………………………………… page 16
Lowercase Letter recording sheet………………………………………………. page 17
Numbers 0-20 recording sheet…………………………………………………. .page 18
Pre K math practice………………………………………………………………page 19
Pre K math practice samples……………………………………………………..page 20
Conclusion………………………………………………………………………..page 21

Mission Statement for Parent Tool Kit, developed by Bethany Meyer as part of the Head Start program.
This guide is a quick sample guide of what a young child is expected to know at certain age levels prior to the child’s entrance into the public and/or private educational system in the United States. Generally, these guides are not within the grasp of the parents until the time of registering the child as a student. It is the hope of the author that developing and sharing the guide will assist the parents assist with the educational and social development of their child years prior to entering the school system.
Assessment drives instruction.

Introduction
Head Start requirements are simply an issue age and income. Thus, readiness really does not come into question. It is at this point in time, however, the parents become aware of the levels of social and cognitive differences between their child and the abilities of the other children in the classroom.
Handing guides such as these to new parents at the time of childbirth would be cost prohibitive. It would be wise if somewhere between birth and Pre K enrollment, those children who qualify and expect to be enrolled into Head Start programs, could be met with, introduced into the concept of parent/teacher cooperation, and the need to assess the cognitive levels of the child at certain ages would be of the greatest benefit in creating a healthy start to a successful student.
Creating this partnership prior to enrollment would place such demands on an already overworked staff of teachers. It would be wise to create intermediaries, such as student advocates, to educate the parents how to make use of the assessment guidelines, or in the alternative, to carry out the basic in home assessments with the parents.
There are many intersecting moments in which the connection between teachers (or administrators) and parents of the prospective students do occur. Given the nature of the social disadvantages in which the Head Start program is designed to affect, complimenting social programs such as Wick, and/or Medical recipients, etc., are the perfect points in which to jumpstart the parent/teacher partnerships. Simply mailing a 20 page document with a United States Bulk mail stamp to those who receive welfare with children under the age of five would cost no more than $1.00, and would prove itself by enlightening the parents as to the needs of their child’s educational requirements prior to walking into a…