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Week by Week: Plans for Documenting Children's Development, 7th Edition

  • Barbara Ann Nilsen
  • ISBN-10: 1305501004
  • ISBN-13: 9781305501003
  • 464 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2011, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

WEEK BY WEEK: PLANS FOR DOCUMENTING CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT, 7th Edition helps pre-service and in-service teachers manage detailed, meaningful documentation of their young students' development and achievements while attending to the other functions necessary to keep children safe and actively involved in learning. This all-purpose guide provides a concrete, systematic plan for recording each child's growth in all developmental areas. It also presents observation methods, reviews principles of child development as a framework for observation, provides example observation forms, and applies appropriate practice to authentic assessment. This edition features integrated coverage of NAEYC Standards and Developmentally Appropriate Practices, and learning objectives. Real-life examples, practical tips, forms with clear instructions, and step-by-step guidelines for gathering observational information and building a portfolio for each child make the book useful to teachers in training as well as practicing professionals.


  • Exercises within chapters personalize concepts, involve the reader, and focus attention

  • It Happened to Me" vignettes of classroom experiences illustrate points about child development and mistakes made that became learning experiences

  • Topics in Observation exercises, along with accompanying discussions, provide insights into child development.

  • Home Visiting provides information for those involved in supporting and educating family members in their home

  • Helping Professionals is designed to acquaint readers with the types of specialists to whom teachers may refer family members

  • Sharing with Children and Families provides ideas for talking with families about the child's experiences in school or child care

About the Author

Barbara Ann Nilsen

Barbara Ann Nilsen taught in the early childhood classroom, then in the college classroom and online as professor and chair of the Teacher Education and Early Childhood Department at SUNY Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York. She retired in 2006. She was also the grant director of a state-wide online course collaborative and the Early Learning Opportunities federal project for Building Brighter Futures for Broome. The author received her EdD in Early and Middle Childhood from Nova University (now called Nova Southeastern University) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has been active in local, state, and national early childhood professional development initiatives such as New York State Career Pathways, New York State Children’s Program Administrator Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care Credentials, and NAEYC’S Early Childhood Associate Degree Program Accreditation project. She is the co-author, with Virginia Albertalli, of An Introduction to Learning and Teaching: Infants through Sixth Grade, and the author of the Observation and Assessment Professional Enhancement text.

Table of Contents

1. Getting Started.
2. Using the Class List Log to Look at Separation and School Adjustment.
3. Using Anecdotal Recordings to Look at Self-Care.
4. Using Checklists to Look at Physical Development.
5. Using Running Records to Look at Social Development.
6. Using Frequency Counts to Look at Emotional Development.
7. Using Conversations to Listen to Language and Speech.
8. Using Time Samples to Look at Attention Span.
9. Using Standardized Tests to Look at Cognitive Development.
10. Using Rating Scales to Look at Literacy.
11. Using Work Samples to Look at Creativity.
12. Using Technology for Documentation of Dramatic Play.
13. Using Documentation for Child Abuse Suspicions and Looking at Self-Concept.
14. Using Program Assessments to Look at Children in Groups.
15. Using the Portfolio for Communications with Families and Looking at the Child's Interactions with Adults.
16. Using the Yearly Plan to Observe and Record Children's Development.

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