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ERIC Number: ED001769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Apr
Pages: 91
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PRE-KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM.
BAYLOR, RUTH M.; AND OTHERS
IN THE PREKINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM, THE YOUNG CHILD DEVELOPS POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARD SCHOOL, ADULTS, AND FELLOW CLASSMATES. THESE ARE THE FOUNDATIONAL LEARNINGS UPON WHICH REST HIS FUTURE ATTITUDES TOWARD EDUCATION AND SOCIETY. AMONG THE IMPORTANT GOALS OF A PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM ARE THE BROADENING OF INTELLECTUAL HORIZONS, THE STIMULATION OF CURIOSITY, AND THE ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORLD IN WHICH THE CHILD LIVES. ANOTHER MAJOR GOAL FOR THE CHILD'S EMOTIONAL HEALTH IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF SELF-CONFIDENCE, SELF-UNDERSTANDING, AND A GOOD SELF-IMAGE. FOR CHILDREN FROM DISADVANTAGED AREAS THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT. A PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM ALSO AIMS TO HELP CHILDREN ACQUIRE SKILLS OF OBSERVATION, INVESTIGATION, AND CRITICAL THINKING. EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON IMPROVING ORAL LANGUAGE OF NONENGLISH SPEAKING AND DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN. AESTHETIC APPRECIATION AND SELF-EXPRESSION ARE STIMULATED THROUGH ART, MUSIC, DANCING, AND LITERATURE, MORAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUES ARE DEVELOPED AS THE CHILD LEARNS TO ACCEPT EXTERNAL CONTROLS, EXERCISE SELF-CONTROL, RECOGNIZE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS, AND GROW IN INDEPENDENCE AND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY. TO AID THE TEACHER IN FULFILLING THE GOALS OF A PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM, CURRICULUM MATERIALS ARE PRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS--ART EXPERIENCES, LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, MUSIC SENSITIVITY, HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS, SOCIAL STUDIES CONCEPTS, THE WORLD OF SCIENCE, AND MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS. IN EACH CATEGORY, NUMEROUS LEARNING EXPERIENCES ARE DESCRIBED WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENT PARTICIPATION AND TEACHING TECHNIQUES. IDEAS FOR CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM AND FOR PLANNING THE SCHOOL DAY ARE ALSO INCLUDED.
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Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.
Identifiers: New York (New York)