“Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
The best type of learning occurs when children are inspired rather than compelled. A godly teacher encourages her students to become all that God has created them to be. Assessment is an integral part of the type of training which consistently and lovingly guides and redirects the student in the Christian Kindergarten classroom.
We are called to train a child “in the way he should go,” that is, along the path directed by God’s infallible Word. Each child has been created in the image of God and each one is unique, having been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139). Kindergarten teachers are entrusted with young students who are neither lumps of moldable clay nor rigid little robots. Assessment in the Kindergarten classroom takes into account that God gives to each child distinct interest, characteristics and abilities. The Christian teacher uses assessment as part of “training up” in order to enable each child to grow to the utmost of their God-given potential. It involves providing purpose and direction so that every child in Kindergarten may begin to develop and discover their place in the Father’s world.
At Kingston Christian School, there are three reporting periods. End of term reports are sent home in November, March and June.