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AppSense: Kindergarten Readiness

by Linda Corbett, CALT

You have a kindergarten student or child and you're curious about something. How do you know if he or she is on target and progressing academically during the course of the Kindergarten year; and how will you determine if at year’s end he or she will be ready for first grade? 

BUGbrainEd has created a helpful Kinder diagnostic tool app that is used to assess and monitor where a child is developmentally during the year.  It also provides the teacher valuable information as to which literacy skill areas might need a little more practice during the year to become adequately prepared for the next school year.

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Kinder Assessment Teacher's App by BUGbrainEd was created by teachers for teachers to test the emerging literacy skills of a kindergarten child. This comprehensive diagnostic app assesses the important foundational skills of oral language, phonemic awareness, concepts about print, letter recognition, writing, and reading of high-frequency words. Assessments can be given multiple times during the year, and are suggested at beginning, middle and end of year.

Kindergarten_Readiness_3.PNGThe assessment is done on the app's "share-the-screen" tool for teachers and students providing a highly motivated experience.  The tool provides a way for the teacher to assess a large number of students quickly with the added convenience of automatic individual scoring which can be saved to the devices camera roll.  I recommend this app for teachers because it is user-friendly and provides a consistent way to assess all students in foundational literacy skills.

Kindergarten_Readiness_2.PNGHow does it work? Teachers simply tap the appropriate prompting questions and record the student’s responses on the screen.  After a scoring report is formulated on each student, teachers can look at the data to make important instructional decisions.  Parents can also use this tool as a way to monitor and understand where their child is developmentally and to facilitate learning outcomes in the home. The price of the app is $4.99 and is available for purchase on multiple platforms. It can be purchased in the Amazon AppStore or on Google play for Android, and in the App Store for iOS devices.