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:
- What we know about how children dvelop and learn.
- What we know about the strengths, need, and interest of individual children.
- 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.