Yesterday flew by in a rush, and I never got to story time. So today we read On Monday When It Rained, and I put three words on our new Word Wizard poster:
First, though I did a vocabulary pretest. I gave the children trays to use as lapboards, and papers numbered 1-6. By each number there was a happy sun picture, and a sad cloud picture. I said, “If this sentence makes sense, circle the sun. If it doesn’t make sense, circle the cloud.” Then I said six sentences, like “When my mom said we were going to the cool new playground, I was excited.”
The whole thing was crazy. I felt like the assessment itself wasn’t very developmentally appropriate. These guys are FOUR and they’ve never taken tests before. Understanding if a sentence made sense was hard enough, but figuring out how to fill out the sheet was really hard. Miss Slinger was trying not to laugh, and I was trying not to cry.
However, I’m still glad I did it. When we read the book, we talked about what those three words mean, and how we’re going to keep track of every time we hear someone using those words. We’ve already got four tally marks on the poster (Miss Slinger: “I’m so disappointed that you are making so much noise in the hallway. Oh, thank you for being quiet. I’m so excited that you were doing such a good job listening to me.”) And at the end of the week, we’ll do the post-test, and I can see if we’ve made any growth.
I need to figure out a good way to measure if children have learned a particular vocabulary word. Any ideas?