Last week I took Zee for a pre-school screening at our school district. They have begun the 3 rounds of screenings to see which kids qualify to attend preschool in the fall. The kids that have the greatest deficits in age appropriate development are given preference when they begin filling the available spaces.
Well, my normally quiet & shy little girl (in new situations, NOT at home. LOL!!) talked up a storm. She participated fully in all but the gross motor activities. I believe that the 2 boys that were there also were getting a bit too rambunctious for her. The teacher asked her name about 3-5 minutes after we arrived and she didn't hesitate to answer. Then she was asked who brought her. Zee responded, "My Mommy. My Daddy's at work." She also was working a puzzle and correctly named all of the colors on it (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, brown, & black). In some areas she did much better than the other kids in her group. All of the other kids will be turning 5 by the end of November and Zee just turned 3 in March.
They score the kids in about 5 categories. A zero means the child meets or exceeds age appropriate development in that area. Zee scored a ONE as her total score!!!! She got that in the area of social development. They also put a note in her paperwork that she has some speech issues at this time that are not a problem. If they still exist when she is closer to 4, she will need to receive speech services which would make her eligible for the pre-school program.