Yesterday Adam and I took Lillian to her Kindergarten screening. It's a required hearing/vision and developmental test that each child has to take before entering Kindergarten - just to be sure they are on par for the upcoming year.
Going through this with Alexa before, I knew what to expect, but Lilli was a little bit nervous.
Alexa tried to clue her in on what she'd be doing, but it sounded more like a trip to the doctor's office than a 'fun' day getting ready for school.....hearing tests, vision exam, height and weight..ect.
Once we arrived at the school, tho, Lilli was put at ease when she received a pencil, her own folder, a new library card case AND a little chart of events she needed to tape to her shirt from the lady at registration. She was to add a sticker to the station listed - once completed. And what kid doesn't LOVE stickers?
The first station was height and weight. She's in the 60th percentile for both, so perfectly proportioned.
Then she had her hearing test. I was a little nervous about this - not because I think she has poor hearing, but because the last 2 times she's taken a hearing test at her well-child check up's, she didn't quite get the concept of raising her hand when she heard the beep in her ear. BUT, she scored perfectly at this exam.
After hearing was vision. The nurse asked her to say all the letters on the card "T V O & H" - Lilli knew them all, but insisted on pointing to them on the card to match the exam sheet instead of saying them out loud during her test. They were very impressed with her vision, she read (or rather pointed to the letters) on the very bottom line, which the nurse said most kids can't/don't do.
After vision, she had a developmental test. She sat with a teacher, who asked her a series of questions. They played with blocks, she did matching, patterns, rhyming, wrote her name, drew and copied pictures, colors, letters, counting..ect. The scoring chart is from 1-60 and the average score for kids Lilli's age is 32. We were so proud when the teacher told us that she had scored a 55. Way to go Lilli. She was very impressed with Lilli's speech, she spoke loud and clear and her hand-writing was very neat.
The only part of the test that Lilli struggled with was 'beginning sounds', which followed a series of rhyming questions. We have worked with her on beginning sounds and she knows them very well, but during this test she continued to rhyme those words. Other than that she was spot with where she needs to be to begin Kindergarten in the Fall.
Once Lilli was done with her developmental test, she was able to join some other children in the ECFE room to have some free time to play and color while Adam and I spoke with the school nurse. Basically, we filled out a bunch of forms and talked with her about any concerns health-wise that we had about Lillian. We don't have any concerns with either of our kids, but Lilli has been hospitalized before with RSV and she's also broken her arm, which are all things they need to know about and have on record.
Adam and I were both so very proud of our little girl and how well she did during her exam's. She is SO ready for Kindergarten....but, mommy and daddy?...NOT SO MUCH!! Our baby is growing up too fast!