Classroom Observation Checklist for a Head Start Preschool By Laurie Carpenter Head Start preschool programs enrich and enhance the social and educational development of disadvantaged children. Classroom observational checklists are common tools for assessments of the Head Start program.
Head Start is a national program that aids in preparing young children, ages 3 to 6, for the academic and social expectations of school. Children enrolled in Head Start programs are offered a beneficial support system of educators along with other support services to promote health, cognitive development and social skills for kids and families.
Create fun, engaging and educational lessons for Head Start children with basic materials and lots of energy. Significance The goal of the Head Start curriculum is to promote interaction among children, to achieve academic and social goals along with allowing for flexibility and to encourage positive behaviors within the family and community.
The mixture of fun and educational activities shows young Head Start children that learning can be fun and that working together to reach goals has benefits. Smart Snack Appeal to children's enjoyment of food along with teaching them to organize, categorize, list and chart.
Egg cartons can be turned into organizational cups for children along with a pair of chopsticks to assist with fine-motor skills development.
Children can separate the items, using the chopsticks, into individual sections of the egg carton. When all the children have finished, a large group chart can be created to determine how many of each small food items were used to create the snack for the entire group.
Once the group chart is finished, each child can enjoy eating her snack. A World of Hats Learn more about different roles and jobs by using hats to engage in some imaginary play. Have the group look at the book, "Hats, Hats, Hats," by Ken Heyman and invite children to discuss how hats are different and similar around the world.
Learning about other parts of the world promotes understanding and awareness. Share with children different kinds of hats you've brought into the class with you, such as a hard hat, baseball hat, chef hat and a police hat.
Talk with children about what job each hat corresponds with and the responsibilities of the position a person wearing that hat would have. Create an imaginary play area for Head Start children to explore wearing and pretending with the hats. Community Celebration Create a community celebration showcasing children's artwork by having a museum night.
Along with displaying children's artwork, the students can work together to create a song or short skit to present during the celebration. Including the community in an event showcasing children's creations gives them a sense of accomplishment.
Special Story Time Invite parents to visit the classroom and read a story of their choice for a special story time.
Including family in the Head Start classroom is an integral part of its success. The day after a parent has visited the class for the special story time, students can create thank you cards including a short written message, promoting language skills.Gathering Information from Early Head Start and Head Start Staff and Families Sensitive inquiry and observation Most often, a mental health consultant is alerted to a concern about a child or family by Early Head Start and Head Start staff.
HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START. EDUCATION. 1. Lesson Plans 2. Portfolios 3. Use of Children’s Videos in the Classroom 5. Lesson plans should be available in the classroom and available for viewing. 6. Lesson plans will be submitted to Coordinated Services Specialists or Head Start Early B.
Lesson and Observation, with each parent the. STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES EDUCATION CONTENT AREA Table of Contents Before a teacher can guide the daily activities of a Head Start classroom, he or she must clearly understand the philosophy of the program.
Since , Head Start has provided early childhood from Assessment and Observation Form and use for individual planning.
Place in. Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc. Mock Educational Folder Early Head Start • Education Folder Checklist • Teacher's health observation form. about types of Head Start curricula and classroom activities, the percentage of teachers who received mentoring visits, the percentage of Head Start children who .
Classroom Observation Checklist for a Head Start Preschool By Laurie Carpenter Head Start preschool programs enrich and enhance the social and educational development of disadvantaged children.