Discussions Regarding the Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool (POCET)

Thursday, July 06, 2006

POCET Physical Health and Safety Example

POCET provides four basic activities for each of the 68 Developmental Guidelines which provide a scope and sequence of skills for Language, Literacy and Mathematics, plus five other domains of learning.

Here is an example for the Physical Health and Safety domain:
Throwing and Catching
Beanbags are usually much easier than balls to teach throwing and catching. Although basic throwing seems to be easy for most children, throwing at a target and catching an object seem to require more skill. Have each child choose a partner. Instruct the child to throw the beanbag gently, underhand, toward the chest of his or her partner. Chest level throws are easier for young children to catch. Start the activity with the partners standing quite close to each other. As they become more proficient in throwing and catching, have them move farther away from each other. Do not use a ball for this activity until the children can effeciently throw and catch with a beanbag.


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