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evabird

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The information gained about each child is helpful when determining where the child is on the learning continuum: gifted, normal, or perhaps slow/with special needs. It's also helpful to determine what kind of learner they are, what additional support they may require, what their interests are, what to share with parents/ staff, and how to create lessons that are developmentally accurate and that meet the skill-sets of the child or that help the child learn skills they may be struggling with.

I like the child check list because that gives a thorough breakdown of the different skill sets the child is learning, as well as room to write down additional information and observations. As long as we remember that children change and are not black-and-white thinkers developmentally.. that they learn some things faster than others, and may be way ahead in one area, such as reading or art, and slower in another area, like math or science.. and as long as we can scaffold and continue to be flexible in how we teach them, then a child should have adequate professional support to thrive in his/her developmental area, interests, and comfort zone while being appropriately challenged to grow and learn new skills.
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