Learning Childhood Development through Experience

Work at a local daycare while researching early childhood development.  Observe the children, and then develop and deliver lesson plans.


  • Essential Question: Is teaching in Early Childhood Education a career that is a good fit for me?
  • Areas of study: Career Exploration, Child Development
  • Type and amount of credit earned: 1/2 Career Exploration (elective), 1/2 Child Development (Elective)
  • Community partner: Daycare educator


  • Understand conditions that influence child development from conception to middle childhood.
  • Understand that child development theories have implications for working with children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to work with young children.
  • Generate relevant questions and gather information from appropriate, reliable sources.
  • Reflect on actions, outcomes, processes, and learning to develop and enhance skills.
  • Design and create an original artifact/project that synthesizes newly gained knowledge and reflects personal learning style.
  • Present learning through relevant artifacts, explanations of key ideas, and connections linking key ideas.
  • Understand that workplace behaviors such as punctuality, responsibility, producing quality work, and appropriately responding to feedback are essential for post-secondary success.

See the detailed ELO description for the full text of these competencies.

Student activities

  • Create timeline to illustrate development at different stages of childhood from conception to age six.
  • Research effects of heredity and environment on early childhood development.
  • Compare the theories of human development from three major contributors.
  • Observe and explain actions of children based on two of the theories, and complete formal observation reports.
  • Compare three services offered or arranged by the NH DHHS that involve services to children or families.
  • Construct a timeline of important milestones in child protection in our country.
  • Research requirements for early childhood certification.
  • Research and compile education requirements.
  • Research and log career statistics.
  • Create two lesson plans to be delivered.


Student was assessed throughout the ELO process to ensure understanding of the material. Student worked at a local daycare four days a week, researched child development milestones, theories, protective services, and career/education requirements. Student created slideshows, info graphics, lesson plans, and a story book as assessments/artifacts for each topic. Student then completed a 60-minute presentation of learning to connect artifacts to the course competencies. The purpose of the presentation was to demonstrate a full understanding of the competencies and explain how the work is evidence of mastery. Student gave a 20-minute presentation that was open to the community.

This ELO was submitted by Anne Banks, Pittsfield Middle High School

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