Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) is an essential component to use when working with young children and their growth and development.
For your initial post, discuss the following:
Compare and contrast ‘developmentally appropriate’ and ‘age appropriate in 2-3 sentences.
Provide one (1) example for each age group (0-2, 3-5 and school-age) of a developmentally appropriate activity that reflects learning theory from three (3) different theorists on the Educational Learning Theories and Theorists chart and the Lesson Content.
For example, playing ‘peek-a-boo’ with an infant represents Pestalozzi’s theory that learning should be spontaneous and occur with self-activity. According to DAP Guideline 1 – Creating a caring community of learners (E.1) interactions and experiences provided by teachers help children feel secure, relaxed, and comfortable, ‘peek-a-boo’ is developmentally appropriate.
Also, explain why is it important for ECE professionals to understand the connection between theory and developmentally appropriate practice.
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