Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cate's Kindergarten :: Exams, Term 1

I definitely would not plan formal exams for these early years!  But my current kindergartener was absolutely not satisfied to sit on the sidelines while the big kids spend exam week with Mommy. ;)

She eagerly joined the big kids for Italian questions, recitation in all categories (especially singing!), and physical education exercises.  And then I did a few very short questions specifically for her, composed on the fly:

List out to me all five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and tell me about one of them.

Complete this review sheet.

Reading Skill
Read three pages in this Bob book to me.
Tell me what letter makes the middle sound in these words: cat, cup, mop, pig

Fine Motor Skills
Cut this paper as carefully along the line as you can.

Copy your name, forming the letter correctly.

Vacuum this room, for inspection.

Natural History
What is one thing we saw during our beach outings?  Tell me all you can about it.
List out ten birds we see in our area.  Tell me about your favorite.

We won't be doing any formal narration until she is six, but she has heard her older siblings narrate a million times, so she was so tickled to get her chance to chatter to Mommy "for school."  

And for next term's exams, I'll be sure to have a few questions ready for her!


  1. Very inspiring.
    I hope I can get to that point with my family someday.
    Blessing for your family

    1. Blessings to you too! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  2. Lovely! Thanks for the disclaimer at the beginning, though. I had a little "Uh-oh, should I be doing exams with my son?" moment. :) It sounds like it was such a great way to connect with her as a person. I do something similar when I invite Grandma or a special older person over, and just let the children tell her all about what they're learning.

    1. Yes, I did NOT do exams with my two oldest when they were kindergarteners. But you know how it is with younger ones--they just can't be left out! ;) We do recitations for the grandparents too--such a wonderful opportunity for mutual enjoyment. :)