Thursday, August 15, 2013

Shhh - Don't Call It An Assessment . . .(Freebie)

     I have a cute freebie for you tonight, but first, a little business. Thanks to everyone who has already entered the Back to School Giveaway and congrats to yesterday's daily winners (they are posted below). If you haven't entered yet, click the picture to read all about it.  You have three more days to enter and win. Check it out!

    My crazy dog, Sally, woke me up this morning at 5:00 this morning for no apparent reason and I just couldn't get back to sleep. So, I took a little nap this afternoon. On the screen porch. With the ceiling fan on. Such a summertime treat - it was lovely! Sally thought so, too!


     Now I'm wide awake and working on some school stuff.  It's so important to get a quick handle on the skills and abilities of your new kids right away, but who wants to spend the first few days of kindergarten doing assessment?  I came up with a cute way to quickly assess the kids’ cutting, gluing, coloring & name recognition skills on the first day of school without it feeling like assessment.  The kids need to cut out the mixed up letters in their names and paste them onto their paper in the right order. (There's an editable name template for you to type your kids' mixed up names into.) As they work, you can quickly fill out the skills checklist that’s included. Voila! A quick peek at what your new gang of kiddos can do. The adorable kid clip art is from Cara's Clips - so cute!

If you use this assessment activity, I'd love to hear know how it goes.  Do you have a bunch of budding Picasos, or are they all thumbs?
Don't forget to enter the giveaway!


  1. I love this assessment...I mean activity. Thanks for it.
    Kindergarten is Dazzling


  2. Great assessment/activity freebie!!! Thanks very much.


  3. Thank you again - you are very kind to share so much! Alicia

  4. Thanks, Donna! I had just been racking my brains, searching for some nice assessment (shhh!) activities for the first week and this post popped up. I'm definitely pinning that to my "Back to School"  Pinterest board!


    A Crucial Week

  5. Thanks for the great back to school activity!


  6. This is exactly what I was looking for with the checklist added on to what I had thought of. GREAT! Thank you so much!

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