You won't necessarily notice that something is wrong. There probably won't be a big blow up at school. What's more likely to happen is a series of little events over a period of several weeks, perhaps even months. An isolated incident of unhappiness is nothing to be worried about....
That's all changed in the 21st century. Preschools want to know what your child knows and is capable of. At age 2 and 1/2. So, against that backdrop let's look at some of the more common ways preschools assess applicants. And, perhaps even more important from our point of view as parents, let's try to understand why such testing is necessary.
Common Assessment Tools
Otis-Lennon School Ability Test?, Eighth Edition
Commonly known as Olsat, this test is popular in New York City where it is a requirement for admission into programs for gifted children.
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence™-Third Edition (WPPSI™-III)
At some point in the preschool admissions process or perhaps later, you will encounter the ouevre of David Wechsler. Dr. Wechsler was a psychologist perhaps most famous for his tests which measured IQ or Intelligence Quotient. He also developed the assessment test known as WISC. The latest versions of WISC are published by Pearson, one of the leaders in the...
Montessori, Steiner and Malaguzzi believed in the intrinsic abilities and capabilities of children. Their approaches, philosophies and methods had a single, common purpose: to produce a better society in which human beings would respect each other and live in harmony and peace.
In America these three educational approaches took root not in the poorest segments of society but in a middle and upper class eager to have something better than what was offered in the public school systems. Here is a comparison of the main...