A Practical Guide to Early Childhood Curriculum eBook (10e) : 9780133980677

A Practical Guide to Early Childhood Curriculum eBook (10e)

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For courses in Curriculum in Early Childhood (Early Childhood Education), Ages 3-8


Readers see clearly how children learn; what children can learn; and the specific concepts, ideas, and strategies that are developmentally appropriate for young children.


Reader friendly and filled with examples, anecdotes, and practical hands-on strategies, activities, and lesson plans, A Practical Guide to Early Childhood Curriculum offers pre- and in-service teachers specific help for planning, designing, and implementing effective early childhood curriculum for ages three through eight. Here the authors emphasise how to teach, while providing a solid foundation for the theoretical basis of the concepts being applied. Teachers see clearly what can be taught to young children, why it is important, and how it can be accomplished. The emphasis is on the importance of a child-centered curriculum that encompasses the whole child–physical, social, emotional, creative, and cognitive–and the focus is on the developmental needs of the children in the classroom, the cognitive areas of the curriculum, and effective methods of curriculum implementation.

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Table of contents
  • Part 1 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • 1 Early Childhood Education and Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • 2 Family, School, and Community Partnerships
  • 3 Assessment
  • 4 Planning the Curriculum
  • Part 2 Personal and Social Development
  • 5 Appreciating Differences
  • 6 Myself and Others
  • Part 3 Cognitive and Literacy Development
  • 7 Language Development
  • 8 Literacy Development
  • 9 Physical Science Experiences
  • 10 Earth and Space Science Experiences
  • 11 Life Science Experiences
  • 12 Problem Solving and Mathematics
  • Part 4 Aesthetic and Creative Development
  • 13 Music and Movement
  • 14 Creativity, Art, and Dramatic Activities
  • Appendix A Lesson Plans
  • Appendix B Recipes for Food Experiences
  • References
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index
Features & benefits
  • Future and practicing teachers get a vast array of ideas from which to plan lessons and units geared to the needs of the individual children in their classrooms. The topics and concepts presented are discussed along with approaches to teaching and specific activities and experiences for each concept.
    • Occasional lesson plans within the chapters show students how one teacher might apply the concepts in that chapter. Most lesson plans appear in Appendix A, and recipes are presented in Appendix B.
    • Concepts and Ideas for Teaching boxed sections appear in every chapter, and Student Learning Activities appear at the end of each chapter.
  • Readers are keyed to practical, unique, “bright ideas” taken from the authors’ experiences in the classroom.
  • Teachers get support in teaching mathematics and reading/language arts, and meeting the Common Core requirements through specific, strong chapters included for teaching these areas.
  • Help for teaching all content areas—science, art, music, physical education, nutrition, and social-emotional health—is included throughout the text.
  • Comprehension is enhanced through a unified chapter pedagogy, which follows a specific format: learning outcomes; introductory comments, including content information; approach to teaching; chapter summary; student learning activities; and suggested resources.
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