- Plan and Organize the Space
- Establish Routines
- Foster Exploration
- Try It
- Wrap Up
- cognitive development: the process of knowing, thinking, reasoning, and remembering
- emotional development: the ability to recognize, identify, produce, and respond to emotions in yourself or others
- language/linguistic development: the process of developing language skills to understand when others speak and to speak and engage in conversation
- physical development: the ability to perform physical activities that require motor skills like running, jumping, and climbing
- self-regulation: regulating or controlling one’s emotions, thinking, and behavior
- social competencies: the skills needed for successful social interaction; in young children these include making simple decisions, interacting with others in productive ways, and being able to resolve conflicts in appropriate ways.
- social development: the ability to use appropriate social skills to communicate and interact with others
Now you're ready to implement the best practices you’ve learned with the children in your program. Complete the second half of the Self-Assessment to discover how much your skills may have improved.
Congratulations! Whether your progress was subtle or dramatic, you've undoubtedly increased your understanding and strengthened your skills. But this is just the beginning—there are many ways to improve and support your children’s learning experience. Look for more informative self-paced tutorials in the Professional Development section of this website.
For a summary of best practices in creating the learning environment, download the Best Practices (PDF). To see the standards this module correlates to, download the Standards (PDF).