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ERIC Number: EJ1003105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1946-0406
Mealtime Observation
Piedra, Betty
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n208 p92-94 Nov-Dec 2012
By nature, lunchtime is a whirlwind of activity: from hand-washing to serving to clean-up, there are usually several things happening at once. Staff members have their hands full helping children transition into lunch from circle time or outside, keeping children focused and seated during the meal, and cleaning up after the meal, while simultaneously guiding children away from the table and into the next activity. Lost amidst the chaos and confusion of a typical preschool classroom at lunchtime are important moments of observable growth and development. Because lunch is both an independent task and a social event, it offers a unique chance to study children in action, if educators can only make the time to watch. As children move through this daily routine, their interactions with the environment and their peers are opportunities for educators to notice changes in motor and social-emotional development. They can take advantage of this observation-rich time by planning ahead, recognizing opportunities for observation across developmental areas, and using their observations for individual assessment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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