Developmentally Appropriate Practices

As aspiring early childhood educators, we think, “What does it mean to be developmentally appropriate?” As an instructor, a key factor is considering the age of the children you are instructing to make a developmentally appropriate decision. To do so, we consider the following:

  1. What we know about how children dvelop and learn.
  2. What we know about the strengths, need, and interest of individual children.
  3. What we know about the social and cultural contexts in which children live.

By observing students as they learn, we can also look at different factors such as age, individual intelligence, and social and cultural aspects. Doing this is only the first step into molding mini minds of the future.


Hello Early Childhood Educators and welcome to my blog! My name is Shaylee Marr and I am currently attending Governors State University in hopes to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I come from a long line of teachers and I am currently a full-time student. I enjoy volunteering and working with children of all ages and developing their young minds. A little bit more about myself is that I am the youngest child of five and the only girl. One of my older brothers has autism and I consider him my best friend. I am a proud member of Civil Air Patrol, the civilian portion of the Air Force and I am also the only child of my parents who have earned a college degree (Associates). Hopefully, with this blog, I can give you all a look into the life of an aspiring early childhood education educator!