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ERIC Number: ED248953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Legitimate Academic Subject Matter in the Nursery Curriculum.
Black, Harvey
It is held that academic learning, beginning with speech mastery, is the natural, necessary, and most legitimate core of every child's nursery curriculum. And no subject matter is more academic in nature than the mastery of spoken and written language. However, as intellectually challenging as the learning of first language may be, it is generally mastered before the end of the nursery years. But why is print fluency assumed by almost all parents and educators to be of legitimate concern only when children become older? Print and speech can be learned when the child is immersed in a conversational environment that models and invites the use of both. There is no convincing evidence that one mode is significantly more difficult to learn than the other. Justification for encouraging print fluency in the nursery can be found in children's typical uses of print. Such uses are related to children's self-concept knowledge; their ability to manage fantasies and associated emotions, imagined fears, and insecurities; and their ability to acquire and retain factual information. The academic nursery curriculum is a child-directed curriculum oriented toward the child's own thoughts and concepts, hopes, desires, interests, visions, and fantasies. Sensitive parents and teachers can elicit children's ideas and encourage their representation in print. The family and school can provide books that extend the child's experience. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Academic Orientation; Child Centered Education