The kids in our universal Pre-K program get report cards every semester. We just received Nolan's first report card, and the little guy is doing very well academically.
He knows all of his shapes, all of his colors, and can count accurately up to 16.
He knows 24 out of 26 upper case letters (he missed P and U). He called "P" a "B" and couldn't recall the U.
He knows 22 out of 26 lower case letters (he missed d, l, q, and u). He named the d and the q as b and p, which makes sense since those letters are rather confusing, anyway. He called the lower case l an I, which also makes sense (a capital I and a lower case l look very similar)!
He knows his days of the week and most of the months of the year, in song format. He doesn't know his phone number or address, so we need to work with him on that. And he can't tie shoes, but neither can Matthew. That's my bad - I need to ditch the velcro!
For his fine motor development, he is "improving" on his pencil grip - he can hold the pencil the proper way at first, but doesn't have the strength to maintain a proper grip and reverts to a fist-hold for most writing activities. He can draw a circle and a square, but not a triangle. He cannot snap a snap, but he can button - again, a problem with muscle strength in his hands. The button takes coordination and not strength, so he can do it. The snap takes physical force to snap closed, so Nolan can't do it. Not the end of the world, but something we're keeping an eye on as it may hinder his ability to write in kindergarten. It also hinders his ability to snap his own pants after using the bathroom - something that might be embarrassing as he gets older.
Scooter-riding skills should be on report cards.
His "weakest" area is gross motor, something that didn't really used to be a problem. It isn't so much that he's regressed, but that his peers are surging ahead and he's not. He can't skip, though that is a hard skill and I am sure a few kids in the class can't skip. He has difficulty throwing a ball and catching a beanbag. Last year, he could hop on one leg for a short period of time. He can't do that anymore, at all. I don't think it is a balance issue, as he is "proficient" at standing on one leg - he just doesn't have the strength to hop on it. He's completely lost that ability - not sure what to make of it, but we're keeping an eye on his motor skills, too. I think it is a muscle weakness issue more than anything else. He can run and kick a ball, which is good! His teacher noted that they will work on a lot of hopping during play time - we need to strengthen those muscles.
My favorite portion of the report card was the "listening and language development" section. I love looking at his "grades" in the mainstream classroom. His grades were:
Speaks in whole sentences: Proficient
Participates in circle time: Proficient
Attentive for stories: Proficient (thank you, FM system)
Follows multi-step directions: Improving
Expresses thoughts freely: Skill needs work
Rhymes words: Improving
Produces opposites: Proficient
Uses appropriate voice level: Improving (too quiet)
He is proficient in nearly all of the social skill areas, which makes my heart sing. His pre-math skills are solid - he can sort objects by size, color, and shape. He is improving on extending a simple pattern.
Basically, he is rocking mainstream Pre-K. We need to work on some muscle strengthening exercises, but the academics are easy for him!