Observing Development of the Young Child (6th Edition)

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Appropriate for Observation in Early Childhood or Assessment in Early Childhood courses, or as a supplement to Child Development or Practicum courses in which observation is a component. Distinct from other books on observation techniques, Beaty's practical text, Observing Development of the Young Child, 6e, presents her unique system of observing and recording child development using an invaluable planning tool, The Child Skills Checklist. This practical, easy-to-use system is based on a progression of children's skill development in six major areas: emotional, social, physical, cognitive, language, and creative. Unique aspects of Observing Development of the Young Child include discussions of how to observe young children, interpret the data recorded, and plan for individuals based on the observations.

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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.

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  • 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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