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Monday, November 22, 2010

Kindergarten Screening

It was a big night tonight!  Kindergarten screening.  Hard to believe we have an almost kindergartener.  But here we are with a four and a half year old.  Victoria and I were feeling just about the same way I think.  Really excited with a bit of nervousness. 

We dropped Christian off at Grandma's and we were on our way.  We stopped for a caffeine free pop (for me) and some dried apricots for a healthy snack at Walgreens.  We were still 15 minutes early.  We headed in anyway.

Doesn't she look so proud to be an almost kindergartener?

The teacher wasn't with anyone and took us right away.

She set me up with some paperwork on one side of the room and then she sat with Victoria and got her to work.  Her first task was to build two towers of blocks and get another block to balance in between.  I was thinking, oh man, this is how we're starting off?  I didn't think she'd want to do it let alone actually accomplish it.  Next thing I heard was, "Nicely done."  I looked up and there it was.
I think I smiled to myself and continued with my paperwork.  She was given different objects, a green cube, a yellow car and a blue button.  Then she was asked to describe them.  The words she was using were very descriptive.  I defintely smiled to myself.  Then she had to count blocks.  1-10 no prob.  Then the lady asked how many blocks there were.  (Trying to see if she understood that she just counted ten and realized that means there are ten there without counting again.)  Victoria leaned slightly forward and said, "Ten," just a little slower like, "Are ya following me lady?  I just told you that."  She was also asked to repeat 1, 2, 3, even four numbers.  She did it no problem.  I think I actually let out a little smirk.
Next they tested language.  A brother is a boy and a sister is a girl.  A elephant is big and a mouse is small.  A table is made of wood and a window is made of glass.  Victoria throughly enjoyed this 'game'.  She was all smiles and swinging her little legs back and forth.  Then she had to tell about something that happened to her today.  She told her how Kris made vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting on top for Dani's 11th birthday.  The teacher's whole box with filled with a sample of my daughter's language.  Big smile.
On to gross motor.  She was asked to hop on one foot.  If you know her this is her favorite past time.  She hopped 17 times round and round in circles while talking.  She only needed to get to 5.  Then on to the other foot.  She past with flying colors.  Next she had to skip.  Really?!  Skipping?!  I have some second graders who don't know how to skip.  She tried and did a strange half hop have dance to the other side of the room.  Then the teacher demonstrated.  Next Victoria did her best, however, she did not skip.  The teacher still said, "Well done Victoria."  Later when we picked up Christian she told him, "I learned how to skip today."  About 20 minutes into the testing the teacher told Victoria she could choose a book.  She chose Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.  We already have every other book on the shelf, they were from the $1 section of Scholastic.  While waiting for the teacher, I began reading it to Victoria and we talked about what other books David Shannon has written.  We have recently read two of them.  When the teacher came back she asked if I was a teacher.  
Does the general public not discuss what other books the author has written?  Can't every four and a half year old rattle of another title or two by that author?  Or Arthur as Victoria likes to call it. 
The teacher went over the results with me.  Not word for word but She Is A Rock Star was basically the result.  She needed a score of 14 to enter kindergarten and she got 25.  The lady added it up in front of me and under her breath she said, "I don't know if I've seen a 25."  I held back my smile since I was actually face to face but I did feel my entire body relax.
Then it was off to the nurse who check her weight: 32 lbs and height: 38" short.
Then she tested her beautiful blue eyes:
She's wearing sunglasses with one side covered in tape.  She had 20/30 and 20/25 vision.  Not bad coming from parents as blind as bats.

Then her hearing:

As we were going over those results the nurse asked where I teach.  I told her and then she said her best friend teaches there.  She's actually right across the hall from me.  So we had a nice chat and sent us on our way with our info. for kindergarten rally night: Feb. 22nd.  Can't wait.

I am so proud to be Victoria's mommy everyday.  But today I felt like I was validated.  Like I was handed a gold star.  Or an A+, my favorite.  My little girl is right where she needs to be and I couldn't be prouder! 
You can't wipe this smile off of my face tonight.


  1. How proud can a Mother be?, and to think you have another one like that at home yet!

  2. "right where she needs to be"? Sounds to me like your little girl is far past where she needs to be. Way to go, V! That is so exciting.

    I can't believe she is almost a kindergartener.

    Did you know that I used to volunteer to do kindergarten screening? During college. I did height/weight and then finally got trained to do vision/hearing. I would work the different stations throughout the days of screening--we all rotated so no one got bored. I never understood that. Boring, it was certainly not. It made me wish I still did that, reading this post.

  3. Now, that is interesting. It's not everyday you surprise me you know. :D

  4. I am delighted that I was able to surprise you.