Think back to your college years when you were enrolled in your first Child Development course. If you're anything like me, you probably struggled at first to get the hang of correctly recognizing and identifying when milestones are supposed to take place. Particularly when it comes to milestones that aren't so easy to identify such as socio-emotional. I'll never forget my first experience learning about milestones. My professor ever so brilliantly gave each student a developmental prescription and told the class to work together to "put ourselves in order". WHAT!!! We'd never even talked about milestones, but here we were trying to correctly place ourselves on the invisible timeline. After about 15 minutes, we formed a single-file line across the span of the room. We went down the line, each sharing our milestones and having an open dialogue about whether we were in the correct "spot" on the timeline. My professor did a phenomenal job scaffolding our previous knowledge with the new and it's an educational experience I'll never forget.
Being the newbie educator that I was, I tried doing this with my high school students and it was a HOT MESS. I quickly realized I needed to scale it back and find another way to ease my kiddos into the world of milestones. I created these milestone strips from 12 months to 5 years and kept the limit to 4 milestones per age group.
For an entire week, I would use these prescriptions as a warm-up. Students would work in groups to arrange the strips correctly. Of course, the first day was a struggle, but each day my students became more proficient in correctly identifying and placing the milestones. Once the table was finished, they’d call me over to “check” their answers. This was a great way to start the class and dive into a conversation about milestones and overall child development. To assess whether or not my students were getting the hang of things, I called them up individually at the end of the week and had them organize the strips without the help of their peers. I enjoyed this because I was able to work one on one with my students and help guide them through the timeline if they came across milestones that were puzzling.
❤️ You will LOVE using this lesson because it's quick and efficient way of assessing students' learning and your students will enjoy the hands-on challenge of trying to remember and understand developmental milestones.
Using this resource is SUPER easy!
✅Print, Cut, & Distribute Milestone Strips to Groups
✅Use as a warm-up, brain-break, or closure throughout the week
✅Assess students individually when ready
Check out the preview for a closer look at what is included in this Google Drive Folder
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As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
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Developmental Milestone Sort: 12 mo - 5yrs
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