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CDA Competency Standard: II.4.3a
Children and Nature
This is a non-CEU Course.
DEL MERIT STARS
Stages of Social and Emotional Development in Toddlers
(1 hour / .1 CEU)
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Documentation and Assessment of Infants and Toddlers
To remain accurate and helpful to individualizing curriculum, observations must be documented as a record of the child’s process and progress. Given the fact that observation is an ongoing process for the adult, including both spontaneous as well as planned observations, effective documentation can take many forms. Because infants and toddlers cannot be relied upon to demonstrate their prowess “on demand” (e.g., when adults are prepared to notice and record), it falls to the teacher to be ever-ready to capture and record an observation.
A strategy that has been found useful is to place sticky pads and pens around the room strategically so that, no matter where the child is, a notable action can be easily recorded without the disruption of the teacher needing to locate the tools for writing. Anecdotal notes can be jotted frequently throughout the day as they occur, then placed in the child’s folder or portfolio when time allows. Digital cameras have also become effective and useful tools for documenting young children and their work.
Once recorded and dated, these notes and observations can be collected in a portfolio that will become a record of the child’s developmental progress. The portfolio, which can be organized in a three-ring binder, or a child’s file, should contain representative examples of the child’s work and progress. All entries into the portfolio should be dated and filed chronologically. Over time, the accumulated notes, digital photographs, or work samples will serve as a record of the child’s progress.