Project Approach Documentation
Parents and college students in Illinois
State's Family and Consumer Sciences and Early
Childhood Education programs keep up on children's
project activities by viewing documentation panels
created by teachers.
The panels reveal
children's abilities and learning processes as
they participate in activities. They also feature
transcribed conversations that take place between
children and teachers during key project
Results of graphed surveys conducted by children
are often displayed in hallway documentation. Such
surveys relate to project topics. For instance, if
studying pets, children would conduct a survey to
determine the most frequent type of pet in their
As part of Project Work, the teacher in the below
photo records children's ideas so they can be
referred back to later as their investigations
left, campus carpenters serve as "expert
visitors" for children doing Project Work on
tree houses. . They two men were invited because
they constructed our play yard's real tree house.
Note tools displayed on the same table to help
inform the children. The children prepared
questions to ask the carpenters about tree house
building prior to the visit.
The teacher on the right helps two children review
questions they wanted to be answered.