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Developmentally appropriate practice includes the goal that teachers support the learning and development of all children. To achieve this goal, teachers need to know children well and use everything they know about each child - including that individual's learning styles, interests, and preferences, personality and temperament, skills and talents, challenges and difficulties. Discovery utilizes both formal and informal methods of assessment throughout the course of a year.

Formal methods
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) screening tool during the first few months of enrollment. Oftentimes, a standardized tool can help identify a challenge a child may have that requires further assessment by a specialist, or when borderline, provide insight as to what future lesson plans should focus on.

Informal methods
  • Teacher's observation and documentations of children's work, play, behaviors, and interactions.
  • Information from families about children's history, experiences, and family values and beliefs.
  • Personal contacts with families, including "Family Chats" held two times a year.

To read more about Discovery's assessment of children read our Assessment Plan.


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Apr 25, 2014
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