ERIC Number: ED356876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-9
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The Kindergarten Center: An Early Childhood Concept.
Trezza, Janet M.
The Kindergarten Center in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, promotes the philosophy that children of kindergarten age acquire knowledge in ways that are different from the way older children learn. Younger children learn best through direct sensory encounters with the world and not through formal academic processes. The integrated Kindergarten Center curriculum is imbued with the whole language philosophy, but reflects a balance of all areas of learning. Many activities at the Center rely on cooperative learning, a hands-on approach, and the encouragement of conversations that enable children to reason and communicate with each other. The Center, which houses all of the socially and economically diverse kindergarten children in the district, is unique in many respects. Support services provided at the Center include those of a teacher of English as a Second Language, speech therapist, nurse, reading specialist, and rhythm and movement teacher. Services are also provided by a variety of community agencies and associations. The staff and parents work collaboratively to reach desired goals, and parents, after some initial resistance to the change, are supportive of the Center. Students are assessed using the Early Screening Inventory, teacher rankings, a reading readiness test, and the Stanford Achievement Test. This description of the Center includes information on costs, the qualifications of key personnel, first grade SAT scores, and a discussion of the transportability of the practice. (AC)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Ancillary School Services, Centralization, Class Activities, Consolidated Schools, Educational Philosophy, Integrated Curriculum, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Primary Education, Program Costs, Program Descriptions, School Organization, School Personnel, Self Evaluation (Groups), Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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