Experience with Child Study

I administed the Book-Handling Knowledge Guidelines from McKenna and Stahl on pgs. 91-93 (McKenna & Stahl, 2009). I picked a book in which she was not familiar with; therefore, the results would not be skewed based on prior knowledge and experience with the book. This assessment called for her to show me the front of the book, where to start reading on a page, which way to read (from left to right) to show knowledge of directionality and the “return sweep.” It also called for her to point to the words as I read them, to show me the first and last part of the story, and to tell me what a period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, and quotation marks are. It also focused on lower and uppercase letters and the concept of words and letters. Overall, she did very well on the assessment. The only thing she struggled with was the purpose of a comma and quotation marks which is normal in terms of her grade level (kindergarten). She even showed me the spine of the book and used the terminology “spine.” According to the Common Core State Standards, my student has fulfilled all the requirements for kindergarden grade level and for first grade in the area of print concepts. She is above grade level in terms of her knowledge of concepts of prints. She “follows words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page, recognizes that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequence of letters, understands that words are separated by spaces in print, and recognizes and names all upper and lower case letters of the alphabet” (Common Core State Standards, 2011). She fulfills the first grade requirement in which she can “recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g. first word, capitalization, ending punctuation)” (Common Core State Standards, 2011).