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ERIC Number: ED002361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 25
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EVALUATION OF EXPERIMENTAL PRESCHOOL PROGRAM FOR EDUCATIONALLY DEPRIVED CHILDREN (1964).
STEWART, LUCILLE M.
THE AIM OF AN EXPERIMENTAL PRESCHOOL PROGRAM FOR EDUCATIONALLY DEPRIVED CHILDREN WAS TO PREPARE THEM FOR REGULAR KINDERGARTEN CLASSES. ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES WERE PROVIDED WHICH HELPED THE CHILDREN EXPRESS THEMSELVES VERBALLY AND BECOME AWARE OF THEIR ENVIRONMENT. THE BUDGET FOR A 6-WEEK PROGRAM, INCLUDING STAFF, PROGRAM SUPPLIES, AND TRANSPORTATION FOR FIELD TRIPS, WAS $4,800. KINDERGARTEN ROOMS IN A REGULAR SCHOOL BUILDING WERE USED. HOUSEWIVES MANNING CAR POOLS PROVIDED TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL. THE STAFF CONSISTED OF A TEACHER-DIRECTOR, TWO TEACHERS, A SOCIAL WORKER, AND 10 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. THE ORIGINAL POPULATION CONSISTED OF 42 4- AND 5-YEAR-OLDS DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS WHICH WERE BALANCED ACCORDING TO RACE AND SEX. ACTVITIES USED IN CARRYING OUT THE PROGRAM INCLUDED SHOW AND TELL, DRAMATICS, PUZZLES, PAPER CRAFT, CUTTING AND PASTING, STORY TELLING, LISTENING TO RECORDS, FINGER PAINTING, AND MUSICAL GAMES. AFTER 3 WEEKS THE PROGRAM WAS EVALUATED AND SEVERAL CHANGES WERE INSTITUTED TO EXTEND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FREE EXPRESSION, TO SET LIMITS IN ALL AREAS OF THE PROGRAM, TO MAKE GREATER USE OF PROJECTS STEMING FROM THE CHILD'S CULTURE, TO MAKE GREATER USE OF VISUAL AIDS, TO ENCOURAGE UNITY AS A CLASS GROUP, AND TO PROFIT BY THE STAFF'S AWARENESS OF SOME OF ITS SHORTCOMINGS, SUCH FIELD TRIPS AS BAKERY AND FIREHOUSE VISITS AND TRAIN RIDES WERE TAKEN. OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENT CONTACT WERE USED TO ENCOURAGE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE SCHOOL SITUATION. THE PARTICIPANTS DEVELOPED IN LEARNING TO RELATE TO THEIR PEERS, TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS, TO DEVELOP BASIC SKILLS, TO LISTEN, AND TO CARRY OUT RESPONSIBILITIES. SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT INCLUDED SECURING A STAFF WITH EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, HAVING ACCESS TO ADEQUATE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT, AND PREPARING AND PLANNING THE PROGRAM CAREFULLY.
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Authoring Institution: Ramapo Central School District 2, Spring Valley, NY.
Identifiers: New York (Spring Valley)