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ERIC Number: ED002195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
Pages: 33
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DAILY PROGRAM 1, FOR A CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER. PROJECT HEADSTART.
Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER PROGRAMS ARE TO HELP DISADVANTAGED PRESCHOOL CHILDREN LEARN TO WORK AND PLAY INDEPENDENTLY, TO RELATE WELL TO OTHER CHILDREN, TO DEVELOP SELF-IDENTITY, TO REALIZE OPPORTUNITIES TO STRIVE AND TO SUCCEED, TO BROADEN LANGUAGE SKILLS, TO BE CURIOUS, TO STRENGTHEN PHYSICAL SKILLS, TO DEVELOP CREATIVITY, AND TO CHANNEL DESTRUCTIVE IMPULSES CONSTRUCTIVELY. DEVELOPMENTAL PROBLEMS WITH DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN ARE OFTEN CAUSED BY LACK OF HOME STIMULATION AND MOTIVATION. SUGGESTIONS ARE GIVEN FOR THE ORGANIZATION OF SPACE AND EQUIPMENT. THEY CONSIDER PLACES FOR QUIET TIMES, AREAS FOR ACTIVE PHYSICAL WORK, LARGE AND SMALL AREAS, AND OPEN AND CONTAINED AREAS. THE CURRICULUM DEALS NOT ONLY WITH THE SUBJECT MATTER TO BE TAUGHT, BUT ALSO WITH THE METHODS TO BE TAUGHT, BUT ALSO WITH THE METHODS TO BE USED AND THE FLEXIBILITY TO BE ENCOURAGED. TEACHERS ARE ADVISED TO TEACH ON THE CHILD'S LEVEL, TO BE SENSITIVE TO CHILDREN'S IMMEDIATE INTERESTS RATHER THAN TO ADHERE STRICTLY TO A PRECONCEIVED PATTERN, AND TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF CAREFULLY CHOSEN AND STURDY MATERIALS. CHILDREN ARE STIMULATED MUCH MORE BY ABSTRACT TOYS THAN BY THOSE THAT RESEMBLE TOO CLOSELY A SPECIFIC OBJECT. THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER SCHEDULING IS STRESSED. SAMPLE SCHEDULES CONTAIN ALTERNATE PERIODS OF WORK AND PLAY, QUIET GROUP ACTIVITIES, AND OUTDOOR PLAY. EFFECTIVE TEACHING METHODS ARE GIVEN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE SKILLS, CURIOSITY, A POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE, AND DISCIPLINE. STAFF PROFESSIONALISM CAN BE DEVELOPED THROUGH KEEPING RECORDS ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND USING THESE FOR EVALUATION PURPOSES, AND BY HAVING STAFF MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS IN WHICH TEACHING TECHNIQUES AND PROBLEMS ARE DISCUSSED.
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Authoring Institution: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA; PROJECT HEADSTART