As you discovered in Week 2 of the course, formally observing childrens’ behavior is an important step in
determining their current stage of development and enhancing our ability to support and foster growth in
areas where children may not excel. Chapters 7 and 8 of your textbook describe stages of physical, social,
emotional, cognitive, and language development in children 4 – 5 years of age and 6 – 8 years of age. Use the
textbook in addition to the video provided with the instructions for this assignment as resources.
To prepare for this assignment,
Refer to the Week 2 Instructor Guidance for further tips and examples that will support your success with this
Review Chapters 7 and 8 of your textbook.
Review 10 Effective DAP Teaching Strategies.
Review and download the Week 3 Exemplar Template.
Choose one of the below age ranges and corresponding video to use for this assignment.
Corresponding Observation Video
Corresponding Developmental Checklist
Early Childhood: 4 – 5 Years of Age
Samantha and Sara Building Towers and Castles
Pick only one child to observe. Samantha is wearing a short sleeve shirt. Sara has long sleeves. Provide the
child’s name on your observation form.
Developmental Checklist: 4 To 5 Years
Early Childhood: 6 – 8 Years of Age
Asia and Lyric Building a Road Together
Pick only one child to observe. Asia is wearing black pants. Lyric is wearing a pink skirt. Provide the child’s
name on your observation form.
Developmental Checklist: 6 To 8 Years
In your paper,
Complete the sections of the corresponding developmental checklist, including the summary section, that you
observed while watching your chosen video.
Note: You will not be able to complete all sections, so many will be left blank.
Paste the checklist on the first page of your assignment (after your title page).
Summarize the typical development that you observed in the child (i.e., the areas that you were able to check
off on the checklist).
Explain the developmental concerns you have for this child based on your observation. If you did not see a
clear concern, discuss at least one area you were not able to check off the checklist.
Explain, based on your observation and your desired future professional role, how you might support this
child using developmentally appropriate practices.
Identify some developmentally appropriate activities you can do with the child to support at least two
different developmental domains (physical, social/emotional, self-help, cognitive, language).
Identify one or two considerations or suggestions that should be included into the classroom environment to
support the needs of the child.