A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc. September 2011
Goddard School Students are Prepared for Success!
The Goddard School® has been at the forefront of early childhood education for the past 25 years, and the results of a recent assessment prove this to be true. Results from the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), an early childhood assessment, show that Goddard School students consistently outperform the general population of CPAA users by a significant margin and met or exceeded grade level expectations at a higher rate than the general population in every concept assessed on the CPAA.
Goddard School assessments for the 2010-2011 school year compared with 45,000+ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten public school students and over 135,000 assessments
CPAA is an early childhood assessment system that helps teachers focus classroom instruction to achieve the greatest learning gains for each child. CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been successfully used by 39 state agencies, and in school districts and schools nationwide. Specifically designed to be stress-free and developmentally appropriate for learners, this program assesses each student’s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts. Each assessment lasts approximately 15-20 minutes and is performed three times a year.
The Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is a computer-adaptive early childhood assessment system that helps teachers focus classroom instruction to achieve the greatest learning gains for each child. The CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been used by schools, districts and state agencies nationwide. Stress-free and developmentally appropriate for young learners, this program assesses each student’s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts. Children’s Progress’ diagnostic assessments, web-based reports and instructional recommendations are designed to support the ongoing formative assessment process.
Goddard School Pre-Kindergarteners showed exceptional performance in Reading and Numeracy.
Compared to the whole population of Pre-Kindergarten students using the CPAA:
- 64% more Goddard School students scored Above Expectation in Numeracy
- 60% more scored Above Expectation in Reading
- 56% more scored Above Expectation in Patterns
The proportion of Goddard School students outperforming the general population was even more striking in Kindergarten. In some cases, the percentage of Goddard students exceeding expectations was double that of the general population.
Compared to the whole population of Kindergarten students using the CPAA:
100% more Goddard School students scored Above Expectation in Reading
96% more scored Above Expectation in Writing
91% more scored Above Expectation in Phonemic Awareness
Simon Says: An Exercise for Academic Excellence
A recent study published in the Psychological Assessment journal found that preschool children who regularly participate in “Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders” tasks like Simon Says may do better academically. According to Megan McClelland, an associate professor of human development and family science at Oregon State University, games like Simon Says can help children improve their self-regulation skills through listening carefully and following directions. Click here to read more about this very important study.
The Goddard School believes in the importance of self-regulating games and the power of learning through play. Join participating Goddard Schools across the nation in a record-breaking game of Simon Says! On Friday, September 23rd, children, parents, faculty and guests at Goddard Schools nationwide will participate in the Guinness World Recordstm “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).” This unique synchronized event, which illustrates the power of play for learning in an exciting and innovative way, will take place at 1:00 PM EDT and 10:00 AM PDT. Each Simon Says game will culminate in the singing of The Goddard School Play Along Song
Parenting with Pruett: Play and Learning, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®
For most parents, children’s play is just that and no more–diversion or entertainment. But to think that play matters only in so far as it brings pleasure is to miss the forest through the trees. Play is ultimately about learning, and all play is educational play.
The reason that children love to play is precisely because it does mean something. They come to it very naturally from the beginning months of their life. In fact, a vast amount of a child’s total learning comes through play, both alone, and with you. What are some of the things children learn through play?
- Children learn what is soft and hard, cold and warm, scratchy or smooth, as they touch and manipulate everything within reach.
- Children learn what is quiet and loud, pleasing and raucous, as they scream and coo, or rub and smash.
- Children learn what works and doesn’t work, as they pull and push, fit, stack, and destroy.
One of the most important things they learn through all this tireless trial and error is how to connect events, feelings, thoughts and learning together into experience and to file it away in their brains under certain symbols. This all starts to happen well before they have command of spoken language. Simply stated, through play, children learn to symbolize their experience.
The enrichment of learning by play, and vice versa, also holds for the quality of the child’s relationships. Research tells us that children who are securely attached to their caregivers are better players and hence, by our reasoning, better learners. Children who have received consistent high-quality care, both emotionally and physically, who are talked to and listened to, and who have observed those around them involved in respectful interpersonal relationships carry their security–their self-confidence and feelings of self-worth–into play with others.
Parent’s Night Out
5 – 9 pm
Love & Logic – free session
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Ultimate Block Party /Simon Says
11:45 am – 12:30 pm
1905 El Salido Parkway
Cedar Park, TX 78613
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