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Here is specific, practical help for planning, designing, and implementing effective early childhood curriculum, ages three through eight. In it, 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 looks at 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. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded videos and assessments.
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Claudia Eliason is the co-author of this textbook, now in its 10th edition. She has also authored several peer-reviewed journal articles. She taught 1st grade and then was an Assistant Professor at Utah State University for seven years. After earning her doctorate degree she taught for 16 years at Weber State University in Teacher Education where she was, for five years, the director of the Master of Education program. She retired in 2012 and enjoys time with her husband, six children, and 15 grandchildren.
Loa Jenkins taught at Ricks College (now Brigham Young University-Idaho) for 3 years, then Utah State University for 4 years. This fall, 2014, she is retiring from the public school system after teaching early childhood special education for 16 years. She is the co-author of this textbook, Practical Guide to Early Childhood Curriculum, now in its 10th edition. She and her husband have four children and eight grandchildren.
Part 1 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
1 Early Childhood Education and Developmentally Appropriate Practice
2 Family, School, and Community Partnerships
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