Observing your child’s physical actions, expressions, gestures and behaviors, and listening to their talking and interacting with others will show you how they’re developing, their likes and dislikes and how they learn through their play and interactions. It will reveal more about them as an individual, and how they interact with other children as well as adults.
Observation identifies the area and areas your child may be struggling with so you can address these issues and ensure they get the suitable support needed.
Observing your child gives you the accurate information needed to meet your child’s needs and help them to continually improve their learning and development.
Observe how they are in different situations inside and outside, in the nursery or at school, and at home, when with other children and by themselves, during play and at mealtime.
THINGS TO OBSERVE STARTING AT AN EARLY AGE:
- The ways they behave.
- Your child’s personal preferences and motivations.
- Recognize their significant and regularly repeated actions they display when playing and doing things like drawing and other activities they seem most interested in.
- Notice how they interact with adults, too, and how they act under the influence of other adults.
- Observe how they naturally interact with children playing to help them develop good social skills and moral behaviors spending time with others.
This allows you to identify with your child’s identity, as well as interests, mannerisms, behaviors and vulnerabilities, how they’re influenced.
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