Writing a preschool child observation must capture all aspects of the child’s daily learning and development activities. Such activities include the consistent use of numbers, language skills, understanding of the alphabets and the ability to spell names. Other important aspects of the child observation reports are self-help skills such as the ability to dress and undress, fine motor skills, self-control, verbal communication and empathy.
Preschool teachers must capture the progress of learners in these areas indicating the areas of weakness and the probable solution. The teachers are responsible for tracking the progress of the learners and provide parents with the progress data. All findings of routine observations conducted by the preschool teacher must track the child’s physical, cognitive and social development.
Writing the observation report, the teacher must indicate the data that identifies the child’s abilities and list the areas that need correction. The report must recommend the best ways of helping a child in the problematic areas. For instance, the observation must show the child’s counting ability; both verbally and by use of corresponding numbers.
The teacher must assess language skills including the learner’s ability to participate in discussions, summarize an event, explain his actions and ask and answer questions. The teacher must also write about the learner’s progress in recognizing alphabetical letters and understanding that words flow from the left to the right. The observation report must show the evaluation criteria used by the preschool teacher to rate the progress of the learners.