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October 2018

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) for Early Childhood Education

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What is Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

  • DAP is an approach to education that is meant to optimize early childhood growth and development
  • Goals of DAP include:
    • Educators seeing where children are
    • Educators meeting children at their developmental location
    • Educators supporting children in reaching their learning goals

Three Core Beliefs of DAP

  • Knowing about child development and learning: this means understanding what the important developmental milestones at different ages and stages are.
  • Knowing what is individually appropriate: this means paying attention to the children in our classes, their individual needs and development patterns
  • Knowing what is culturally important: this refers to getting to know the communities that we are a part of and care for and understand their cultural uniqueness.

DAP suggests that these three core beliefs should inform all educational programming in order to provide the best learning outcomes for children. Essentially, DAP requires us to be aware and engaged educators, who are responsive to children’s individual and group needs.

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BITAA: A Fresh Perspective for Early Childhood Education Program Planning

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Many educators and parents are familiar with this question: “What can I prepare for the children to do today”? For many educators and parents, this question arises because we want to provide the best variety of engaging and educational activities possible in order to support our children’s development. No matter how many years of experience you have working with or raising children, answering this question in a meaningful way can still be a struggle sometimes. And it is not as if there is a shortage of resources out there. On the contrary, it can appear as though there are too many ideas, resources, and activities for one person to process on a day to day basis.

Here is where Bitaa comes in. Bitaa is a system we have begun to utilize at Parkland Players. It offers a collection of hand-picked activities from a number of different educational resources for ages ranging from 0 to 12. The Activity Book covers a variety of developmental areas, and skills. Bitaa is also wonderful for a Reggio Emilia inspired centre like ours, because it keeps activities open-ended and leaves plenty of room for parents and educators to put their own twist on activity implementation.

Check out this article to see what Bitaa is all about: What Is Bitaa? Visit their website to learn more:


The Environment and Play: A British Columbia Perspective

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Today we are talking about the importance of having a nurturing environment for children’s play. As mentioned in previous posts, an environment that supports inquiry and exploration is key to stimulating early childhood experiences in the child care setting.

This article BC’s early learning blog, shares some of the key aspects of a successful early learning environment.

Give it a read!


Fall Art Activity: Leaf Man Collages

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Developmental Goal/Activity Objective: To create art inspired by literary works while learning about the seasonal changes of fall and using natural manipulatives.

Materials Needed:

  1. A copy of the book “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert
  2. Leaves
  3. Construction Paper
  4. Glue

Procedures/Strategies: (how to present activity and what children will do)

  1. Read the book “Leaf Man” as a group. Talk about the imagery in the book and how characters, animals, and scenery are created using leaves.
  2. Go out to the park or walk around the neighbourhood with paper bags and collect leaves of different shapes and sizes. Each child should collect their own leaves to make a collage.
  3. You may also put out supplementary items for children to use, like pom poms, buttons, googly eyes, etc.
  4. Each child should be given a piece of construction paper and some liquid glue. They can them create a collage using the leaves of whatever they like. People and animal are great ideas but give them the freedom to create however they want based on the inspiration of the book.