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Early Childhood Assessment

Based on the Pearson Report, ''Assessing Young Children'', choose two methods of assessment that you believe are ideal for assessing young children. Describe and explain the methods and give examples of how these methods will be utilized in your pre-k classroom.

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As it states in the Pearson report, very young children learn by interacting with their environment. This means that they need to play, experiment and investigate. In order to be authentic, an assessment of young children should ideally take place during their play. For this reason, I prefer to use observations (with checklists or notes) and portfolios.

Observations are the most natural way for teachers to learn about what children are doing. In my classroom, I sit on the floor or at a table with a small group of children. I watch them as they play, and take notes on a clipboard. Sometimes I use a checklist when I'm looking for specific skills. For example, if I'm doing ...

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In this answer, I share two successful means of assessment that I personally use in my own preschool classroom. I explain how each method of assessment can be used in the early childhood classroom, and I give specific examples of the types of materials that can be collected with these assessments. This answer refers to the Pearson Report, "Assessing Young Children", which can be found online.