According to the Southern Regional Education Board (1994), a developmentally
appropriate program or practice is "based on knowledge of the stages
of child development, and an understanding that each child is unique and
that each child's experiences should match his or her development abilities."
In particular, a developmentally appropriate early childhood program emphasizes:
- Active exploration of the environment.
- Self-directed, hands-on learning activities.
- Balance between individual and group activities.
- Regular and supportive interaction with teachers and peers.
- Balance between active movement and quiet activities.
For further information, refer to the following sources:
and Assessment from Getting Schools Ready for Children: The Other
Side of the Readiness Goal (Southern Regional Education Board, 1994)
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