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Child Skills Checklist

(From Observing Development of the Young Child by Janice J. Beaty)


Childs Name:

Observer:

DOB:

Dates:

Program:
Directions:
Put a for items you see the child perform regularly. Put N for items where there is no
opportunity to observe. Leave all others blank.

Item

Evidence

Date

1. Self-Esteem
___ Separates from parents
without difficulty
___ Develops a secure
attachment with teacher
___ Completes a task
successfully
___ Makes activity choices
without teachers help
___ Stands up for own rights
___ Displays enthusiasm about
doing things for self

2. Emotional Competence
___ Releases stressful feelings
in appropriate manner
___ Expresses anger in words
rather than negative actions
___ Can be calmed in
frightening situations
___ Can express anger in
words rather than actions
___ Shows fondness, affection,
love toward others
___ Shows interest, excitement
in classroom activities
___ Smiles seems happy much
of the time

3. Social Competence
___ Plays by self with own
toys/materials
___ Plays parallel to others with
similar toys/materials

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Item

Evidence

Date

___ Plays with others in group


play
___ Gains access to play in a
positive manner
___ Makes friends with other
children
___ Resolves play conflicts in a
positive manner

4. Physical Development
___ Runs with control over speed
and direction
___ Throws, catches and kicks
___ Climbs up and down
climbing equipment with ease
___ Moves legs and feet in
rhythm to beat
___ Turns knobs, lids,
eggbeaters
___ Picks up & inserts objects
with dexterity
___ Uses tools (scissors,
hammer) with control

5. Cognitive
Development
___ Classifies objects by shape,
color, size
___ Place objects in a
sequence or series
___ Recognizes, creates
patterns
___ Counts by rote to 20
___ Displays 1-to-1
correspondence
___ Problem-solves with
concrete objects
___ Makes thinking visible

6. Spoken Language
___ Listens but does not speak
___ Gives single-word answers,
short-phrase responses
___ Takes part in conversations
___ Speaks in expanded
sentences

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Item

Evidence

Date

___ Asks questions


___ Can tell a story

7. Emergent Writing &


Reading Skills
___ Pretends to write with
pictures and scribbles
___ Makes horizontal lines of
scribbles
___ Makes some letters, prints
name or initial
___ Holds book right-side up;
turns pages left to right
___ Pretends to read using
pictures to tell the story
___ Show awareness that print
in books tells the story

8. Art, Music and Dance


Skills
___ Makes basic scribble
shapes
___ Draws person as sun-face
with arms and legs
___ Makes pictorial drawing
___ Moves arms & hands in
rhythm to beat
___ Sings with group or by
him/herself
___ Moves body to represent
people, animals, feelings
___ Dances with others to
music

9. Dramatic Play Skills


___ Does pretend play by
him/herself
___ Assigns roles or takes
assigned roles
___ Takes on characteristics
and actions of role
___ Needs particular props to
do pretend play
___ Uses Language for creating
and sustaining plot
___ Enacts exciting, danger
packed themes

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