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Fraser School® utilizes the Teaching Strategies Gold® Assessment tool to measure the developmental progress of each child. This tool assesses the children in developmental domains, including physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and language.

Twice per year, classroom staff assess each child using classroom observations, developmental checklists, and portfolio collections. Because this assessment tool is linked with the curriculum, each child’s progress is evaluated using the same goals and objectives listed in the Creative Curriculum®.

Social/Emotional Development
  1. Manages own emotions, impulses, and behaviors with assistance from others and independently
    1. Identifies feelings
    2. Follows limits and expectations
    3. Takes care of own needs appropriately
  2. Establishes and sustains positive relationships
    1. Establishes and sustains relationships with others
    2. Responds to others’ emotional cues
    3. Responds to and interacts with others in a meaningful way
  3. Participates cooperatively and constructively
    1. Balances needs and rights of self and others
    2. Solves social problems
Physical Development
  1. Demonstrates traveling skills
  2. Demonstrates balancing skills
  3. Demonstrates gross-motor skills
  4. Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination
    1. Uses fingers and hands; manipulates objects
    2. Uses writing and drawing tools
Language Development
  1. Listens to and understands increasingly complex language
    1. Understands the meaning of words and phrases
    2. Follows directions
  2. Uses language to express thoughts and needs
    1. Uses an expanding expressive vocabulary
    2. Able to communicate to get needs met (may be verbal, sign, or augmentative communication)
    3. Utilizes word order and grammatical rules
    4. Shares about people, times, places
  3. Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills
    1. Engages in meaningful talk with others to express feelings, wants, and needs
    2. Uses social rules of language
Cognitive Development
  1. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
    1. Focuses visual and auditory attention on relevant aspects of the environment and uses this information to engage in activities
    2. Persists
    3. Seeks and finds solutions to problems
    4. Shows curiosity and motivation
    5. Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking; can relate to how one thing affects another
  2. Remembers and connects experience
    1. Recognizes and recalls; stores and retrieves information in order to use it purposefully
    2. Uses sounds, actions, objects, and materials to express their ideas and understanding, as well as make new connections
  3. Uses classification skills
  4. Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
    1. Thinks symbolically
    2. Engages in sociodramatic play