Early Childhood Curriculum For All Learners

Author by : Ann M. Selmi
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Description : Early Childhood Curriculum for All Learners: Integrating Play and Literacy Activities is designed to teach early childhood professionals about the latest research on play and early literacy and then to show them practical methods for adapting this research to everyday classroom practices that will encourage the development of learning skills. The authors link solid, play-based research to specific developmentally appropriate practices. By combining these two areas, the text demonstrates that academic learning and play activities are highly compatible, and that children can and do develop academic skills through play. In addition, the text focuses on socio-dramatic play, a recently acknowledged, essential aspect of child-initiated play interactions. It provides specific strategies that link these interactive behaviors with the early academic skills needed for the initial primary grades. Implementation of the information presented in this book will enable children to experience a richer transition into primary education classrooms.


Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Nancy Amanda Branscombe
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Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : Through its unique integration of curriculum and learning principles, Early Childhood Curriculum: A Constructivist Perspective, 2nd Edition fosters authentic, developmentally appropriate practice for both preschool and early elementary classrooms. The constructivist format of this book encourages active involvement on the part of readers by asking them to observe, question, reflect, research, and analyze, thus allowing readers to create their own knowledge through their responses and actions. Early Childhood Curriculum examines curricular goals such as autonomy, development, and problem solving and links those goals with constructivist principles of learning. It explores ways teachers can create meaningful learning environments and choose curriculum tasks appropriately—in all content areas—that are linked to the learning and development needs of young children. The text provides a wealth of practical detail about implementing constructivist curriculum as the authors discuss classroom climate and management, room design, play, and cooperative learning, among other topics. The book also includes information about how teachers can meet required mandates and national and state standards in appropriate ways as they plan their curriculum, and examines the early childhood educator's role with community agencies, reform and legal mandates, and public relations. Special Features: • “Curriculum Strategies” highlight models for developing curriculum, including projects, curricular alignment, integration of various subject matter areas, and types of knowledge. • “Constructions” promote problem solving by allowing students to explore, revisit, examine, and learn from first-hand experience. • “Multiple Perspectives from the Field” provide interviews with teachers and other early childhood professionals, offering students a realistic look at the profession from a diverse group of educators. • “Teacher Dialogues” explore a wide range of student concerns, including curriculum, learning environments, assessment, and documentation, representing a collaborative support group for pre-service teachers and readers.


Play Learning And The Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Elizabeth Wood
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Publisher by : SAGE
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Description : Lecturers, why waste time waiting for the post to arrive? Request and receive your e-inspection copy today! The Third Edition of this popular book reflects contemporary research as well as thinking about the role and value of play in learning and development, within and beyond early childhood. The author explores recent developments across international contexts which endorse play, and argues for critical engagement with some aspects of policy discourse in how 'educational play' is constrructed. This accesible book also reviews contemporary theoretical trends which focus on the meanings and intentions that children bring to their play. The new edition includes coverage of: - play in education policies; UK and international perspectives - working with parents - social and cultural diversity - children with special educational needs and disabilities - outdoor play Each chapter includes case studies provided by practitioners, along with questions and tasks to promote critical engagement and reflection on key issues and debates. This book is for students on Childhood Studies courses and those on Initial Teacher Education and Masters programmes in early childhood and primary education. Experienced practitioners on CPD courses will also find it useful. For additional online material visit www.sagepub.co.uk/wood


Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Claire McLachlan
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Publisher by : Cambridge University Press
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Description : Provides a comprehensive introduction to curriculum theories and approaches in early childhood and early primary settings.


Curriculum In Early Childhood Education

Author by : Nancy File
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Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : Curriculum in Early Childhood Education: Reexamined, Rediscovered, Renewed provides a critical examination of the sources, aims, and features of early childhood curricula. Providing a theoretical and philosophical foundation for examining teaching and learning, this book will provoke discussion and analysis among all readers. How has theory been used to understand, develop, and critique curriculum? Whose perspectives are dominant and whose are ignored? How is diversity addressed? What values are explicit and implicit? The book first contextualizes the historical and research base of early childhood curriculum, and then turns to discussions of various schools of theory and philosophy that have served to support curriculum development in early childhood education. An examination of current curriculum frameworks is offered, both from the US and abroad, including discussion of the Project Approach, Creative Curriculum, Te Whāriki, and Reggio Emilia. Finally, the book closes with chapters that enlarge the topic to curriculum-being-enacted through play and that summarize key issues while pointing out future directions for the field. Offering a broad foundation for examining curriculum in early childhood, readers will emerge with a stronger understanding of how theories and philosophies intersect with curriculum development.


Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Sue C. Wortham
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Publisher by : Prentice Hall
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Description : Appropriate for undergraduate courses on curriculum methods in early childhood and primary grade education. This textbook uses current interpretations and applications of classic theories as a basis for understanding how to develop early childhood curriculum and instruction for children ages 0-8. The author stresses the need for readers to understand the foundations of their programs prior to developing and using quality curriculum and teaching. With its chronological approach from infancy through Grade 3, this text directly ties curriculum to the understanding of child development.


Play Learning And The Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Elizabeth Wood
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Publisher by : SAGE
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Description : This timely second edition explores recent developments which strongly endorse play as an integral part of the curriculum.


The Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Suzanne Krogh
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Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : Examines the meaning of curriculum, discusses curriculum integration, describes how to plan, create, and evaluate a curriculum, and examines how modern literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, and expressive arts curricula evolved into their present forms. Methods of assessing children's progress through the curriculum are integrated throughout.


Flows Rhythms And Intensities Of Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Author by : Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw
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Publisher by : Peter Lang
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Description : In this book, a group of researchers and educators consider in detail the possibilities and tensions of curriculum-making in early childhood education. The book discusses a wide range of issues related to postfoundational approaches to curriculum, such as the images of children and educators, pedagogical narrations, reflective practice, transitions and routines, the visual arts, social change, and family-educator involvement in the classroom.


The Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Suzanne L. Krogh
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Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : Based on research that demonstrates the powerful advantages of integrating the curriculum while providing inquiry opportunities, The Early Childhood Curriculum shows how to make such an approach work for all children, preschool through the primary grades. The text demonstrates how to confidently teach using inquiry-based methods that address the whole child, while also meeting and exceeding academic standards. Offering a foundation in early childhood theory, philosophy, research, and development, the 2nd edition of this unique textbook helps future teachers, as well as current educators, understand the "why" of curriculum in early childhood and invests them with the skills they need to move from simply following a script to knowledgeably creating curricula on their own. Since each curricular subject has its own integrity, there is a chapter for each discipline, grounding the reader in the essentials of the subject in order to foster knowledgeable and effective integration. The 2nd edition of The Early Childhood Curriculum includes information on the most recent trends in national curriculum standards, particularly in regard to the Common Core State Standards Initiative and the Next Generation Science Standards. Coupled with this information are practical suggestions for meeting standards while still providing young learners with a truly child-centered educational experience. Chapters contain real-life vignettes that demonstrate inquiry and integration in practice. The entire text reflects the philosophy that the use of inquiry to seek and obtain information is one of the most valuable and powerful tools children can acquire along the way to becoming lifelong learners.


Learning Across The Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Lynn Cohen
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Publisher by : Emerald Group Publishing
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Description : Education, according to John Dewey, should be viewed as dynamic and ongoing with direct teaching of integrated content knowledge. This volume offers readers an examination of the content areas in early childhood curriculum that honor Dewey's belief in active, integrated learning.


The Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Suzanne Krogh
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Publisher by : McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
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Description : Designed for the early childhood education curriculum methods course, this book focuses on the philosophy of integration from preschool through the primary grades. The book looks at the child, the teacher, the parents, and the classroom environment and how they can work together to achieve a successfully integrated program. An entire chapter is devoted to each major curriculum area and each one is organized around the national standards developed by its national association. A discussion of how to integrate standards with other subjects (i.e.: language, math, science, etc.), is also included for each subject.


The Complete Resource Book

Author by : Pamela Byrne Schiller
Languange : en
Publisher by : Gryphon House, Inc.
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Description : A versatile sourcebook for planning classroom activities all year round.


Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Carol Elaine Catron
Languange : en
Publisher by : Prentice Hall
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Description : Appropriate for courses in Early Childhood Curriculum. Ages birth to 5. This comprehensive guide provides information on planning programs with a play-based, developmental curriculum for children from birth to five years of age and covers basic principles and current research in early childhood curricula. The text is unique in that it discusses the creative play model for use with children from infancy through preschool by presenting an integrated, individualized curricular approach that helps teachers to be sensitive to and to plan for young children with a variety of developmental and cultural backgrounds. Includes adaptations for young children with special needs in the Activity pages which are designed to quickly locate suggested activities, by domain. To enhance the book's focus on observation in curriculum planning, the unique Developmental Checklist pages are perforated for student use when observing or working with young children.


The Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Carol Seefeldt
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Publisher by : Teachers College Press
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Description : This third edition of The Early Childhood Curriculum provides the same coverage as the first edition and brings it up to date. Individual chapters present the research and practice of early childhood education by areas of curriculum content, play, oral language, reading, mathematics, science, social studies, movement, music and art. Introductory chapters include an overview of current developments in early education as well as a discussion of teaching strategies. It includes two new chapters on inclusion and the multicultural world of the early childhood classroom, an overview of current developments in the field.


Early Childhood Education

Author by : Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle
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Publisher by : SAGE
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Description : Early Childhood Education: Becoming a Professional is an inspiring introduction to the world of early childhood education, preparing the teachers of tomorrow to reach their full potential in their schools and communities. Written by a diverse and experienced author team (Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle, Ana Garcia-Nevarez, Wanda J. Roundtree-Henderson, and Alicia Valero-Kerrick), this text engages readers to connect contemporary educational and developmental theory and research to developmentally appropriate practices and applications that are easily implemented in the classroom. In response to today’s ever-changing educational environment, the text focuses on both the importance of taking personal and professional responsibility, as well as today’s issues in diversity—from supporting children with exceptionalities to supporting children and families in broader cultural contexts.


The Complete Daily Curriculum For Early Childhood

Author by : Pamela Byrne Schiller
Languange : en
Publisher by : Gryphon House Incorporated
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Description : There's more than one way to be smart! This award-winning curriculum for three- to six-year-olds offers a complete plan for every learning style. Revised and updated, the new edition of this classic bestseller is full of new activities based on the latest research about how children learn. Each activity now includes a Morning Message and Home Connections, and many of the original activities have been updated to include ideas for outdoor play. Full of old favorites and new ideas, the more than 1,200 activities in this curriculum are sure to engage all children. The comprehensive appendix has been updated, and the patterns are now available exclusively online so teachers can easily print them onto any paper at any time! Pam Schiller, PhD, is a highly sought-after speaker who writes regularly for early childhood journals. Pam is the author of five early childhood curriculums, eleven children's books, and more than thirty teacher and parent resource books. Pat Phipps, PhD, is a well-known early childhood consultant who served as the executive director of the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) until 2005. She is the past vice president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


Early Childhood Curriculum Fetac Level 6

Author by : Eilis Flood
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Publisher by : Gill Education
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Description : Comprehensive and practical textbook presenting an overview of early childhood curriculum, exploring a range of early childhood theorists, their pedagogical principles and how these complement and reinforce the underlying philosophies and themes of Aistear and Siolta. Explores a range of early childhood programme models, their approaches and how to implement them in both indoor and outdoor settings. Presents the role of the adult as critical to the support of child well-being and belonging through relevant curriculum planning and implementation. Relevant legislation and national practice guidelines underpin the suggested practical application of theories. Details key early learning themes: Early Learning Philosophy Early Learning Environment Early Learning Literacy and Numeracy Early learning arts and culture Presents reflective practice and mentoring as a method of self-evaluation and skills development. Written For: The mandatory component of the Early Childhood Care and Education Major Award (6M2007): FETAC Level 6 Early Childhood Curriculum (6N1944) And the elective component: FETAC Level 6 Early Learning Philosophy (6N1932) FETAC Level 6 Early Learning Environment (6N1933) FETAC Level 6 Early Learning Literacy and Numeracy (6N1935) FETAC Level 6 Early Learning Art and Culture (6N1936)


Creative Materials And Activities For The Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Joan Packer Isenberg
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Publisher by : Pearson College Division
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Description : NOTE: Used books, rentals, and purchases made outside of Pearson If purchasing or renting from companies other than Pearson, the access codes for the Enhanced Pearson eText may not be included, may be incorrect, or may be previously redeemed. Check with the seller before completing your purchase. This access code card provides access to the Enhanced Pearson eText Innovative, practical, and easy to use, Creative Materials and Activities for the Early Childhood Curriculum is the ideal research-based resource for helping all children from infancy through grade five learn in, through, and with the arts, while meeting national and state standards. With a focus on teaching the creative arts and other subjects in ways that engage children's minds and bodies, it looks at the teacher's role from multiple perspectives by addressing the concepts and importance of creativity, classroom environment, planning, and assessment. Included are over 400 standards-based activities, an abundance of children's literature suggestions, arts-infused content-area chapters, differentiated strategies across age and grade levels, technology suggestions, inspiring photos, practical examples, lesson segments, case studies, guidelines, and practical tips that can be put to immediate use in the classroom. Also included are a number of user-friendly approaches for using arts-based learning to meet the needs of diverse learners. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video to illustrate key concepts and pop-up assessments. Improve mastery and retention with the Enhanced Pearson eText* This access code card provides access to the new Enhanced Pearson eText, a rich, interactive learning environment designed to improve student mastery of content. The Enhanced Pearson eText is: Engaging. The new interactive, multimedia learning features were developed by the authors and other subject-matter experts to deepen and enrich the learning experience. Convenient. Enjoy instant online access from your computer or download the Pearson eText App to read on or offline on your iPad® and Android® tablet.* Affordable. Experience the advantages of the Enhanced Pearson eText for 40-65% less than a print bound book. *The Enhanced eText features are only available in the Pearson eText format. They are not available in third-party eTexts or downloads. *The Pearson eText App is available on Google Play and in the App Store. It requires Android OS 3.1-4, a 7" or 10" tablet, or iPad iOS 5.0 or later.


Curriculum In Early Childhood Education

Author by : Jennifer J. Mueller
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Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : Curriculum in Early Childhood Education: Reexamined, Reclaimed, Renewedcritically and thoroughly examines key questions, aims and approaches in early childhood curricula. Designed to provide a theoretical and philosophical foundation for examining teaching and learning in the early years, this fully updated and timely second edition provokes discussion and analysis among all readers. What influences operate (both historically and currently) to impact what happens in young children's classrooms? Whose perspectives are dominant and whose are ignored? What values are explicit and implicit? Each chapter gives readers a starting point for reexamining key topics, encourages a rich exchange of ideas in the university classroom, and provides a valuable resource for professionals. This second edition has been fully revised to reflect the current complexities and tensions inherent in curricular decision-making, and features attention to policy, standardization, play, and diversity, providing readers with historical context, current theories, and new perspectives for the field. Curriculum in Early Childhood Educationis essential reading for those seeking to examine curriculum in early childhood and develop a stronger understandintandardization, play, and diversity, providing readers with historical context, current theories, and new perspectives for the field. Curriculum in Early Childhood Educationis essential reading for those seeking to examine curriculum in early childhood and develop a stronger understanding of how theories and philosophies intersect with the issues that accompany the creation and implementation of learning experiences.


Reframing The Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Jane M. Page
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Publisher by : Psychology Press
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Description : Argues that pre-school children have a less apprehensive view of the future than adolescents and that an effective programme in the early years can counteract the difficulties youths experience.


Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : N. Amanda Branscombe
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Publisher by : Houghton Mifflin College Division
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Description : This text examines curricular goals such as autonomy, development, and problem solving and links those goals with constructivist principles of learning. It explores ways teachers can create meaningful learning environments and choose curriculum tasks--in reading, writing, speaking, math, computers, and physical knowledge--that are linked to the learning and development needs of young children.Unlike many competing texts, "Early Childhood Curriculum completely integrates curriculum with learning principles, representing true-to-the-spirit implementation of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice.


Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Carol Elaine Catron
Languange : en
Publisher by : Prentice Hall
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Description : This comprehensive guide provides information on planning programs with a play-based, developmental curriculum for children from birth to five years of age and covers basic principles and current research in early childhood curricula. The text is unique in that it discusses the creative play model for use with children from infancy through preschool by presenting an integrated, individualized curricular approach that helps teachers to be sensitive to, and to plan for, young children with a variety of developmental and cultural backgrounds.


Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Sue Clark Wortham
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Publisher by : Prentice Hall
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Description : With its chronological approach from infancy through Grade 3, this text directly ties curriculum to the understanding of child development. Key changes to this edition include o the addition of instructional strategies for meeting standards o information on how teachers can address increased demands for accountability and maintain a quality program o expanded content on integrating the curriculum o a focus on balanced literacy o new discussions on factors that put children at risk


The Early Childhood Curriculum Inquiry Learning Through Integration

Author by : Suzanne Krogh
Languange : en
Publisher by : McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Description : Designed for courses in early childhood curriculum, Krogh and Morehouse offers detailed instruction on making an inquiry and integration approach to early education work. Part One provides a foundation in theory, philosophy, research, and child development—the knowledge future teachers will need to create effective curriculum on their own. Part Two present an entire chapter devoted to each major curriculum area, organized around the standards developed by the relevant national association. The “how to” format and inclusion of actual classroom projects and artifacts make this a truly practical and engaging text.


Early Education Curriculum A Child S Connection To The World

Author by : Nancy Beaver
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Publisher by : Cengage Learning
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Description : EARLY EDUCATION CURRICULUM: A CHILD'S CONNECTION TO THE WORLD focuses on the role of observation and assessment in early childhood programming, the process of planning and implementing a curriculum, setting up an inclusive child-centered environment, and the uses of evaluation and documentation for continuous program improvement. Updated with current research and standards, the text continues to present new material on brain research that underlies teaching ideas as well as information on reflective practice, intentional teaching, and using the environment as a teaching tool. The seventh edition includes more material on diversity and diversity strategies, activity plans for different age groups, and more floor plans. New case studies provide examples of how activities planned align with specific standards, and allow students to apply knowledge gained to real-life situations. The book retains its strong applied focus on the how-to's of teaching, with many hands-on teaching tips. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.


Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Rae Ann Hirsh
Languange : en
Publisher by : Prentice Hall
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Description : This text introduces the early childhood student to the essential aspects of the early childhood curriculum: intelligence and potential, developmentally appropriate practice, healthy relationships, play, values, assessment, and planning. It allows the student to recall, interpret, summarize, associate, relate, apply, create, design, assess, and discriminate the information presented through intriguing journal questions and activities. Vignettes are utilized to enable the student to transfer the theory to reality and to draw attention to key concepts for discussion and debate. The development of symbol systems (beyond reading and writing) is thoroughly investigated. Current brain and intelligence research offers the student the opportunity to see the science behind the pedagogy. The text is motivating and offers inspiration for new teachers through the quotes, journal activities, vignettes, and photographs.


The Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Suzanne L. Krogh
Languange : en
Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : Now in a fully updated third edition, The Early Childhood Curriculum demonstrates how to confidently teach using inquiry-based methods that address the whole child while also meeting and exceeding academic standards. Based on current research showing the powerful advantages of integrating the curriculum while providing inquiry opportunities, this text explores how to make such an approach work for all children, preschool through the primary grades. Since each curricular subject has its own integrity, there is a chapter for each discipline, grounding the reader in the essentials of the subject in order to foster knowledgeable and effective integration. Filled with real-life vignettes and activities, this third edition provides comprehensive information on the most recent trends in national curriculum standards and classroom technology, alongside a new section exploring the outdoors as a welcome learning environment. Offering a foundation in early childhood theory, philosophy, research, and development, this unique textbook helps future teachers, as well as current educators, understand the "why" of curriculum in early childhood and invests them with the skills they need to move from simply following a script to knowledgeably creating curricula on their own.


Early Childhood Curriculum

Author by : Betty Sue Hanks
Languange : en
Publisher by : Author House
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Description : Early Childhood Curriculum 5 Early Childhood Curriculum The Early Childhood Curriculum book consists of sequential developmental skills and activities. Each age group (0-6 months) and (6-12 months) contains a theme with different activities for the infant, and the units follow these themes. This curriculum is arranged and organized to ensure that cognitive, physical, emotional, language and social areas are addressed. Activities are developmentally appropriate, so that the children can receive the best possible stimulation. This book contains lessons, ideas, and activities that any person would be able to use. People, including parents, presenters, school administrators, graduate students, staff members in childcare laboratories, and early childhood teachers, are all individuals that could benefit from using this curriculum. This curriculum contains units and ideas that are simple and easy to understand, so that readers, parents and teachers, can use it on a daily basis, both in the classroom and at home. It is functional and pleasing to the eye, and it covers quality, not just quantity. This curriculum is also unique because it is user friendly. The simplicity is convenient for our readers' and professionals' busy schedules. Parents and professionals rarely have the time or luxury of uninterrupted periods to sit, read, and search through and pull out the information that is needed. This simplified version gives them that opportunity. The latest research shows that between birth to three years of age is the time when a child's mental capacity is the greatest. Research illustrates that if positive and appropriate stimulation of a child's mind is provided, the child will become a better-rounded individual. Recent research also supports the link between literacy and school success; literacy refers to reading and writing skills, and building oral language skills, such as listening and speaking. Childcare providers can foster the development of literacy in children. Strategies used to develop reading and writing include: listening to stories, reading stories, talking and listening to children, playing sound games, saying nursery rhymes, singing songs, singing and saying words that rhyme, using phonetic sounds, exploring rhythms, scribbling, and verbally labeling objects and events. Caregivers and parents can use seasonal songs, rhymes and stories throughout the year. Also, choose and use age appropriate toys, songs, rhymes, and books that go along with the themes and units in the curriculum. The appropriate books to use with infants are board books and plastic books with real photos that can be seen easily. Coming Fall 2003: "The Early Childhood Curriculum Resource Book” by Betty Hanks.