Throughout the course of your time with the child, you'll check her development at regular intervals in each of these areas during classroom lessons, activities and free play times. The progress and planning form can be used to guide teachers in their implementation of the curriculum. After making the observations, taking notes and collecting other data, the next step is to compare each individual child's progress to the age-graded learning standards. In the art area you might include advertisements from stores for collages, cash register tape and materials for making store signs. But at the same time you are thinking about your topic of study, be sure to think of the skills you want each child to learn. You would also leave favorite toys in the centers for additional time. I would caution teachers to always keep in mind the needs and interest of the children as well as the topic, just as you would when you make changes to your centers.
You can use this to check off a child's development over the course of a year or from infancy through preschool. The planning form is two pages. The Creative Curriculum® Solutions For nearly 30 years, Teaching Strategies has believed that the best and most powerful way to improve child outcomes is through effective teaching. The second page of the Creative Curriculum planning form is for planning groups. This checklist is designed for use in assessing how well the curriculum is being implemented as intended and includes a classroom profile form and a progress and planning form. As you're entering your observation data throughout the school year or a longer time period, you can compare the child's development with the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math. Maybe you want to include pennies for counting instead of paper money with large numbers with the cash register.
What literacy activity will you do? Each of these sections includes descriptions of what to observe in the classroom and symbols indicating which items require specific interview questions or documentation requests. The types of groups listed are Group Time, Small-Group Activities, Story Time, and Special Activities like field trips and other special events. Another option is to use the tool's app to quickly collect and upload data to your assessment profiles. Even though the lesson plans are written for the week it is suggested that teachers meet daily to go over anecdotal notes child observations and make adjustments to the plan. The 38 objectives are broken down into multiple categories that include social-emotional, physical, language and cognitive development as well as literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, the arts and English language. You'll also see a color-coded progression based on where the child should be according to current developmental research. The specific objectives to look for include developmentally appropriate skills and abilities.
In the discovery area you may or may not incorporate the topic of study. You might include a cash register, toy money, advertisements from stores, pencils and paper for shopping lists and products to be sold in the dramatic play area. Additional chapters of the manual cover assessment and family roles. The top of the second page of the Creative Curriculum planning form is divided by days of the week M-F. Teachers write anecdotal notes on all children in their classroom. The rest of the first page of the planning form is divided into spaces for changes to the environment. The assessment uses 38 objects that are based in the most up-to-date research to predict and assess the young child's scholastic ability and development through continuous observations.
The manual gives suggestions about how teachers can schedule the daily routine. You may even feel the need to have a book or two about divorce or a new baby because of a particular child's situation. The checklist itself is divided into five sections: 1 physical environment; 2 structure; 3 teacher-child interactions; 4 assessment; and 5 family involvement. This step isn't always necessary for every area. If you were planning to use stores as a topic you might include blocks labeled with store names cut from advertisements and delivery trucks in the block area.
Teacher's will be able to easily see what developmental milestone should come next and they will be able to plan activities and changes to the environment that will help each child move to the next level of development. In the library area you might include stories about shopping. I have seen people use this form even when they are using another curriculum. For example, you would look for a preschoolers' ability to use math concepts such as numbers when counting and connecting the numerals to the amount that they quantify. A glossary concludes the checklist. The Creative Curriculum® The Latest Research and Best Practices As the field of early childhood education has evolved, so too has The Creative Curriculum®, incorporating the latest research and best practices and taking the needs of every type of learner into account.
At the sand and water table you could let the children set up a bakery with signs etc. It should however address the needs and interests of the children. What song will you sing? If you use the Creative Curriculum, you'll conduct a thorough, ongoing assessment to support positive development. About the Author Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. What activity will you do during small groups to address development of various skills? It lists types of group activities down the side. The Creative Curriculum was written by Diane Trister Dodge, Laura J. The introduction to the checklist describes its development and use of the checklist and related forms.
There are also sections on setting up each center to facilitate optimal learning. Our supportive curriculum solutions are used by early childhood educators across the country, helping them provide children with developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote progress in all developmental areas. You will still want to include rhyming books, alphabet books and books about real things in the library area even if you are doing a study about stores. On this page you would write the actual activities you have planned for these group times for each day of the week. These books can also be included as changes in the environment even though they have nothing to do with the topic of study. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. Available as a complete curriculum system with English and Spanish editions, The Creative Curriculum® helps every early childhood program create a high-quality learning environment, that enables every child to become a creative, confident thinker.