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Observation and Assessment

Observation is an essential component of teaching. By simply observing a child, you can gather a wealth of information about their development, understand the ways in which they learn best, and tailor lesson plans and educational activities to their needs.

Assessment in infant, toddler, preschool, or even elementary programs, is not about scoring a child with tests. Rather than observing them at play and getting in the way, children are able to interact with other children. Many states require early childhood education programs to have an assessment record for each child. Our helpful charts and checklists can be used as a guide.

Ensure the needs of each child in your classroom are being met with our observation and assessment resources below.

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Observation is especially critical before a child can communicate with words. Taking note of what engages or interests a child will enable teachers and caregivers to build strong relationships. These positive relationships support development and learning.

Growth in cognitive, physical, communication, and social-emotional development should be documented over time to identify areas in which a child is struggling. Our books explain how to observe, what to look out for, how to keep records, how to discuss observations with parents and how to use your observations and assessment to provide additional support.