Early Childhood Cognitive Development
For this assignment, the student will use and apply knowledge of child development and learning, appropriate observation, and documentation and assessment to gain a fuller understanding of early childhood development as time is spent observing a child.
NAEYC Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning:
1a. Know and understand young children’s characteristics and needs 1c. Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
NAEYC Standard 3: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families 3c. Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
NAEYC Standard 6: Becoming a Professional
6d. Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives and early education.
NAEYC Supportive Skills
Supportive Skill 3: Written and verbal communication skills and are technologically literate to support professional communications with families and colleagues.
Select a child in the 4-year/5-year-old room (Pre-school setting) to observe for a minimum of 4 hours, ideally no more than one hour at a time. You will observe this one child the entire time focusing on cognitive development & play. Do not observe at a Kindergarten class, chose a childcare center. 2.
Observe for specific characteristics/behaviors discusses in class and in the textbook chapters that correspond with this age group (cognitive, and social behavior). Though you are focusing on this one child, if they interact with other children, please pay attention to those moments as well. A minimum of 4 observation hours needed. 3.
Record observations as a “running record” (see following page for instructions on how to complete a running record). Detailed notes are 2-3 pages long per hour. 4.
Reflect on what you learned in a typed paper (at least 3-4 full...
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