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Attentiveness, Effort, and
Persistence
North Carolina Foundations Task Force. (2013). North Carolina
foundations for early...
Attentiveness, Effort, and Persistence 2
• Pp. 41 – 46 describe Developmental Indicators and Strategies for
working with i...
Variations in Initiative and Attention Span
• Children vary in their initiative by such factors as
• Temperament
• Persona...
Strategies for Infants and Toddlers
• Provide a variety of interesting materials
• Provide different and safe interest are...
Strategies for Preschoolers
• Provide plenty of time for children to play without interruption
• Allow for projects to ext...
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Attentiveness, effort, and persistence

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attentiveness, effort, and persistence from Approaches to Plan and Learning, NC FELD, strategies for infants and toddlers and preschoolers

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  1. 1. Attentiveness, Effort, and Persistence North Carolina Foundations Task Force. (2013). North Carolina foundations for early learning and development. Raleigh: Author.
  2. 2. Attentiveness, Effort, and Persistence 2 • Pp. 41 – 46 describe Developmental Indicators and Strategies for working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers for the following goals: • Goal APL-7: Children demonstrate initiative • Goal APL-8: Children maintain attentiveness and focus • Goal APL-9: Children persist at challenging activities
  3. 3. Variations in Initiative and Attention Span • Children vary in their initiative by such factors as • Temperament • Personality • Family differences • Cultural differences • Children are known for having short attention spans • Attention span generally increases with age • Children can switch their attention back and forth • Children may not appear to be paying attention when they are in actuality • While it is appropriate to practice and encourage longer focus and attention, 20-30 minute group times are not appropriate!
  4. 4. Strategies for Infants and Toddlers • Provide a variety of interesting materials • Provide different and safe interest areas so children can explore uninterrupted • Plan and prepare for smooth transitions with routines and warnings • Provide challenging materials for various ability levels and encourage children to try again or differently • Add new items to indoor and outdoor environments • Allow children to use materials as they wish, unless it does not help their development (i.e. children with disabilities using materials for self-stimulating behaviors)
  5. 5. Strategies for Preschoolers • Provide plenty of time for children to play without interruption • Allow for projects to extend over several days • Provide communication support for children top express ideas or extend an activity • Adjust help as needed • Use extended discourse and open-ended questions to help children stay focused • Encourage effort (process) rather than results (product) • Encourage social interactions of team effort and problem-solving

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