Observing Development of the Young Child (6th Edition)

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“How can we tell where children stand in their physical, cognitive, socioemotional, language, and creative development? Do we test them? Measure them? Compare them?”

This textbook teaches students how to become observers and how to document their findings using one tool: The Child Development Checklist . The author posits that the best method to determine a child’s strengths is for the teacher to observe the young child in the regular classroom based on a particular set of criteria. The reasons for assessing children in this manner are:

  • It allows students of child development to gain an in-depth understanding of real children and their sequences of growth.
  • It helps teachers of young children to become aware of each child’s growth and to support individual development with appropriate activities and materials.

Once the child’s strengths have been assessed, the book then provides suitable lesson plans and activities to support the child’s development.

New To This Edition:

NEW! Presents new information on how to become an observer--How to get started, when and how long to observe, what to look for in children, and how to record.

  • This is critical for new students and teachers. (See Chapter 1 Ex. p. 9, 11, 12)

NEW! Suggests a lternative approaches to child assessment–These include visual documentation, i.e. art, photos, videos, and using documentation panels.

  • This is Important for evaluating both children and program. (See Chapter 1 Ex. pp 23-26).

NEW! Offers new information on self-esteem in young children–Explains how and why a child should develop a secure attachment relationship with a teacher.

  • Sets the stage for child’s success. (See Chapter 3 Ex. pp 81-82).

NEW! Includes new research on the brain showing the importance of physical exercise for children–The research shows that exercises increases brain synapses that improve permanent memory development.

  • Even clapping helps. (See Chapter 6, Ex.p.267)

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An excellent introduction to development in two-to six-year-olds...one whose unique Child Skills Checklist for observing and recording behaviors in the classroom really helps future early childhood teachers learn about children, in addition to learning how to observe and assess their behavior. This text begins with a discussion of the latest NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) guidelines for appropriate assessment of young children, and of observation as the preferred method for such assessment. This text is especially helpful in the treatment of written language and a natural part of emerging literacy rather than a learned activity, and also has excellent coverage of the imagination creativity link. Available as a companion text, is the author's Skills for Preschool Teachers, 4/Ed.

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Distinct from other books on observation techniques, Beaty’s practical text, Observing Development of the Young Child, Sixth Edition, presents her unique system of observing and recording child development using an invaluable planning tool, The Child Skills Checklist.  The integration of strategies and children's books to encourage development is a major focus of this best-selling text.

Features of this text:

  • Clearly and practically explains what students should look for developmentally in children in their care so that they have a basis for understanding what they are seeing.
  • Highlights use of a practical tool, The Child Skills Checklist, to assess children's development in 11 areas: self-esteem, emotional development, social play, prosocial behavior, large and small motor development, cognitive development, spoken language, emerging literacy skills, art skills, and imagination.
  • Incorporates practical activities to implement with young children and their families to encourage development.  Many up-to-date multicultural children's books are listed to support developmental progress.

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