Definitions for "Developmentally Appropriate"
programming, activities, equipment and adult interactions are matched to the child's growing patterns, interests, strengths, and experiences being neither too easy or too difficult. Programming takes into account regular observations of the child. Activities are open-ended in that they allow for more than one correct response or way of achieving a result, with an emphasis on process rather than product. Developmentally appropriate practice would "recognize that each child is unique and has an individual personality, learning style and family background." (NAEYC, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age Eight, Expanded Edition, Sue Bredekamp, ed.)
instruction and activities chosen to reflect the cognitive level of the student.
The instructional level at which students may most effectively assimilate new information.