Week by Week: Plans for Documenting Children's Development,
8th Edition

Barbara Ann Nilsen

ISBN-13: 9780357625620
Copyright 2023 | Published
544 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

Nilsen's WEEK BY WEEK: PLANS FOR DOCUMENTING CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT, 8th Edition, provides an overview of accepted observation and recording methods, including examples and guidance about the advantages and disadvantages of each. Each chapter summarizes a developmental domain to focus your observation skills as you practice a specific recording method. These are integrated into a concrete, systematic plan for recording each child's development in all developmental areas -- a plan that can be extended over 40 weeks while in practicum, field experiences or your own classroom. It provides numerous practical observation forms and integrates NAEYC standards and Developmentally Appropriate Practices and learning objectives. Real-life anecdotes, practical tips, forms with clear instructions and step-by-step guidelines make this a valuable resource for teachers in training and practicing professionals.


1. Getting Started.
2. Using the Class List Log to Look at Separation and School Adjustment.
3. Using Anecdotal Recordings to Look at Self-Care.
4. Using Checklists to Look at Physical Development.
5. Using Running Records to Look at Social Development.
6. Using Frequency Counts to Look at Emotional Development.
7. Using Conversations to Observe Language and Speech.
8. Using Time Samples to Look at Attention Span.
9. Using Standardized Tests to Look at Cognitive Development.
10. Using Rating Scales to Look at Literacy.
11. Using Work Samples to Look at Creativity.
12. Using Technology for Documentation of Dramatic Play.
13. Using Documentation for Child Abuse Suspicions and Looking at Self-Concept.
14. Using Program Assessments to Look at Children in Groups.
15. Using the Portfolio for Communications with Families and Looking at the Child's Interactions with Adults.
16. Using the Yearly Plan to Observe and Record Children's Development.

  • Barbara Ann Nilsen

    Barbara Ann Nilsen taught in the early childhood classroom and then in the college classroom and online as professor and chair of the Teacher Education and Early Childhood Department at SUNY Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York. She retired in 2006. In addition, she was the grant director of a statewide online course collaborative and the Early Learning Opportunities federal project for Building Brighter Futures for Broome. Nilsen has been active in local, state and national early childhood professional development initiatives such as New York State Career Pathways, New York State Children's Program Administrator Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care Credentials and NAEYC'S Early Childhood Associate Degree Program Accreditation project. She is the co-author, with Virginia Albertalli, of AN INTRODUCTION TO LEARNING AND TEACHING: INFANTS THROUGH SIXTH GRADE and the author of the OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT PROFESSIONAL ENHANCEMENT text. She received her EdD in early and middle childhood from Nova University (now called Nova Southeastern University) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • Thoroughly updated with the latest issues and research, the 8th Edition includes new discussions on the importance of play, neuroscience and how the brain affects learning, how to incorporate STEM into early childhood curriculum and advocacy for the authentic assessment of observation over testing.

  • Chapters include new discussions on the impact of digital devices and their uses -- both in documentation and on children's development.

  • Instead of being separated into a single chapter, special needs coverage is integrated throughout the 8th Edition, giving readers a broader understanding of children with special needs, helping them seeing each child in their cultural context and demonstrating the concept of inclusion rather than focusing on the exceptionality.

  • Expanded coverage of the role of the teacher gives students a realistic model of the complexity of teaching and learning in today's early childhood classrooms -- emphasizing that the role goes well beyond curriculum planning.

  • Enabling students to put what they learn into action, exercises in each chapter personalize material, fully engage readers and help them focus on key concepts.

  • Sharing personal perspectives, "It Happened to Me" vignettes of classroom experiences illustrate important points about child development through mistakes that became learning opportunities.

  • "Topics in Observation" exercises, along with accompanying discussions, provide valuable insights into child development.

  • "Home Visiting" features share practical information for supporting and educating family members in their home.

  • "Helping Professionals" acquaints readers with the different types of specialists to whom teachers may refer family members.

  • "Sharing with Children and Families" offers ideas for talking with families about their child's experiences in school or child care.

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