|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

The Geselle Test

Education Expert Advice from Barbara Callaghan

Q: My 4.9 year-old son was recently given the Geselle developmental screening test as a kindergarten admittance test. He scored as a 3 year-old in some of the fine motor activities. He doesn't show interest in coloring or writing. He can't write his name yet. The school wants him to go to their pre-k program vs. the Montessori school he is currently going to. I like much of the Montessori philosophy, but I am worried about him not learning what he needs. Any thoughts about the Geselle results or where to send him??

A: I have been trained to administer and interpret the results of the Geselle. It is designed to determine the developmental level of children. Basically, it is an indicator of how a child is currently performing. The students are screened on an individual basis and are asked to perform a variety of tasks. The results help adults see areas where the child needs more experience (please note that this is not pass/fail but rather a scaled test).

Most schools that use the Geselle combine it with some other tasks or observation activities so that they do not rely strictly on one assessment. The dilemma is whether you agree with the Montessori approach and how long you plan on having your child attend their school. In the very early years there are different expectations and you need to determine what it is you want for your child. Once that decision is made, the school choice is much easier.

More on: Expert Advice

After teaching in California for nearly ten years, Barbara Callaghan moved to New Hampshire in 1985 and became a principal. After 10 years as a principal, she returned to teaching, her first love and true vocation.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

highlights

7 Tips to Childproof Your Smartphone
Before you hand over your smartphone or tablet, follow these childproofing tips to help keep both your child and your device safe.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

11 Survival Tips for Summer Boredom
When the kids are home all day, every day, summer boredom strikes hard and fast. Learn the best summer boredom busters for children of all ages.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks