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Module 4: Observing and Recording Children's Behavior
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The Goals of Observation

adult playing with children Observation is much more than looking at what a child does. When we observe we need to pay attention to details of the child's behavior and carefully record what we see. When we observe a child in your program, we can reach a better understanding of how that child is developing.

The goals of observation and documenting are:

  • learning more about each of the children in your program
  • seeing how children are using the materials and areas in your program so that we can make necessary changes
  • measuring children's development and ability to master skills over a period of time
  • identifying and documenting children's issues and understanding areas of need or concern
  • watching for possible causes of difficult behaviors
  • providing information to share with parents
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