The Early Childhood Curriculum: Inquiry Learning Through Integration

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-07-05
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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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 developmentthe 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.

Table of Contents

Part One: Inquiry-Based Learning and Curriculum Integration--An Overview Chapter One: An Introduction to Curriculum Integration and Inquiry Learning A Brief History Deeper Into the Theories How Theory and Philosophy Influence the Profession To Discuss, To Do References Chapter Two: The Child-Centered Learning Environment Environmental Extremes The Physical Environment The Social/Emotional Environment To Discuss, To Do References Chapter Three: Assessments and Standards A Brief History Inquiry, Integrated Learning, and High Test Scores The Part That Standards Play Ways to Assess Children's Progress in Meeting Standards To Discuss, To Do References Chapter Four: Connecting Curricula Through Themes and Units Weaving the Web Using Themes to Connect Curricula Why Curriculum Webs Connecting the Curricula with Units To Discuss, To Do References Chapter Five: Inquiry-based Learning What Young Learners Need Dispositions Towards Learning Teaching for Understanding Inquisitiveness and Young Learners Project Work and Integration Inquiry-based Learning in Action To Discuss, To Do References Part Two: The Subject Areas Chapter Six: Language and Literacy Why Literacy Matters Literacy and Child Development Incorporating Literacy in Daily Routines The Language and Literacy Curriculum Preprimary Experiences: A storybook curriculum Primary Experiences: Using literacy as the backbone of inquiry-based learning To Discuss, To Do References Chapter Seven: Mathematics Beginning the Day with a Math Routine Why Math Matters Mathematics and Child Development The Mathematics Curriculum Preprimary Activities for Incorporating Mathematics into Everyday Classroom Routines Primary Activities for Incorporating Math into Everyday Routines To Discuss, To Do References Chapter Eight: Science Why Science Matters Science and Child Development Incorporating Science in Daily Routines The Science Curriculum Preprimary Experiences for an Integrated Curriculum Primary Experiences: Our Environment is Changing--Are We Helping or Hurting? To Discuss, To Do References Chapter Nine: Social Studies Why Social Studies Matters Social Studies and Child Development Incorporating Social Studies in Daily Routines The Social Studies Curriculum Preprimary Experiences to Encourage Democracy: "Citizens of the Classroom"

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