(Unit 8) Topic 1: The Whole Child
4 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Program Planning to Support Development
Topic 1 Page 37
All domains of development
Ask yourself how the activity supports children in each developmental domain; social, emotional, physical, and cognitive. Not all activities will encompass each domain, but many will include some of them.
The information that you gather from observations, records, and assessments should give you information on each child’s development so that you can plan for the future and address the developmental needs of the children that you work with.
Whole group versus individual
Knowing child development guidelines and the children in your program allows you to better evaluate the delivery of lessons and activities. You can decide whether it is more supportive to work in whole group or individual activities. There are benefits to both and it is important to objectively consider the best options.
Focus on the skills and milestones that the child or children need more support in. Ensure that the lessons and activities specifically target those areas for optimum exposure and practice.
Repetition and practice
One activity that focuses on the infant’s pincer grip will not be sufficient to support that developing skill. The same, or a very similar activity must be practiced many times. This practice can come in the form of routines, formal activities, games, and many other activities.
Perhaps the most important idea is to focus on the positive and never the negative. If a child is slightly behind in one area of development so you’ve created some opportunities to help in this area, they may find them challenging or frustrating. Don’t point out the negative or make them feel bad about these frustrations and delayed areas. Instead, focus on the strides they are making and the positive changes that you see!
Never force a child to do something that they do not wish to do. Sure, there are components of school and child care that the child will be expected to participate in, but things can be adapted to meet their needs.
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