Ongoing Child Assessment
The curriculum provides guidance on ongoing child assessment. Ongoing child assessment is a process of gathering information to understand and support children's development over time. It includes continued observation and documentation of children's development and learning. The curriculum describes a process for ongoing observation and documentation. It also provides supports for providers and educators to use this process.
The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care, 3rd EditionFull Review & Ratings
Ongoing Observation and Documentation: Intentional Teaching Cards, Volume 2: Routines and Experiences, and Volume 3: Objectives for Development & Learning provide guidance about ongoing observation and documentation. Activities within the curriculum include developmental trajectories. Volume 1: The Foundation references forms for providers to observe children individually and as a group for both individual and group planning.
Standardized and Structured Assessment Instruments: Volume 3: Objectives for Development & Learning provides guidance on observing and assessing children's behaviors and abilities. The curriculum details flexibility for individualization using color coding. It also lists strategies to support the observations and gives providers tools for designing learning experiences. All curriculum materials promote children's development based on a review of the most current research in the field. The publisher, Teaching Strategies, promotes the use of comprehensive assessment solutions for early childhood programs. They encourage the use of GOLD® with The Creative Curriculum® to support effective teaching and assessment in the program to allow for more time to be spent with children.
The Gee Whiz Curriculum for Family Child CareFull Review & Ratings
Ongoing Observation and Documentation: Gee Whiz Education Curriculum 2019–2020 User's Guide provides information about ongoing observation and anecdotal note-taking (e.g., Catch... Count... Eat ). The activities prompt caregivers to take notes about children's accomplishments. For example, "As you observe, take notes of which children are able to count out the correct number of fish and which are not." Note-taking tools and individualized planning guides, such as an Individualization Web and Monthly Provider Review Sheets, are offered for collecting information and planning for individuals and groups. However, the curriculum does not provide support for integrating these tools into daily activities.
Standardized and Structured Assessment Instruments: The Gee Whiz Curriculum for Family Child Care does not provide standardized or structured assessment instruments by design. The User's Guide mentions "formal assessments" can be used in conjunction with the Gee Whiz Curriculum. It encourages recording anecdotal notes and reflecting on them to get a sense of each child's level of development in all areas on a regular basis. The User's Guide also references a developmental checklist on the Gee Whiz website for children birth through 4 years. It provides minimal guidance on anecdotal notes and reflections but provides an example of what a good reflection looks like.