Early childhood education is a challenging and rewarding field. Many tasks and responsibilities need to be achieved each day to ensure that children are not only safe and healthy but also learning and growing in expected ways.
In this month’s newsletter, we are going to explore one practice that will help educators better understand where children are on their unique developmental paths. This practice is also the foundation upon which curriculum decisions should be made to make sure children continue to learn and grow.
We are talking about child observation. Early learning programs make decisions about adopting different types of child assessments. Some programs choose to use commercially available products or assessment tools developed by their state. Some programs design their own assessment tools. These assessments may be paper-based and some are online assessment systems.
Regardless of the type of assessment used, the ability to effectively observe children sits at the core of each assessment approach. Let’s take some time to explore this important skill.
For the article NAEYC Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators, CLICK HERE
For the article Types of Observations, CLICK HERE
For the article Tips for Collecting Observations, CLICK HERE
For the article Include the Children and Families, CLICK HERE