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Artifact Documentation

Title of Artifact: _________Camping Prop Box_________

NAEYC Standards: This artifact documents my competency in the

following standard(s); key element(s)

Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning

Artifact Rationale Statement

1. What is this artifact and what did you do to develop it?

This artifact is prop box for a preschool classroom that is oriented around
camping. Before I developed this prop box, I listened and watched for the
interests of the children. After their fall break, I listened to many stories about
their families camping trips. It was the childrens interests in camping that
pushed me to develop this prop box. I began finding camping items I had
personally as well as creating items, such as the smores sticks, to transform their
dramatic play center into the great outdoors. I made sure that every item I placed
in the prop box could be an item or area of learning they could discover. I also
created learning objectives, vocabulary words, songs, fingerplays, activities, as
well as finding books on camping that would enhance their learning and fun!

2. How does this artifact demonstrate your growth as a professional and

help you meet the standard?

This artifact demonstrates my growth as a professional because it proves I can

create meaningful learning activities and curriculum that is based off the interests
of the children I am serving. It is my job to stay attentive to all the childrens
needs and interests and create curriculum, learning activities, and environments
that support them as well as challenging them to learn more.

3. How will you use what you have learned in the future?

I will use my knowledge about each childs interests and create learning
experiences that match. Not only will these learning experiences be fun, but they
will build on the childrens prior knowledge and gently guide them to all levels. In
the future I will continue to make prop boxes for the children and will change their
environment around them to meet their needs and interests.