ERIC Number: ED376948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-21
Special Video Showcase: Reading in Kindergarten: Memory to Decoding; Writing in Kindergarten: Skill and Process; Science in Kindergarten: A Sense of Wonder; Kindergarten Mathematics: Hands-On Learning: Play in Kindergarten: A Process for Learning.
Good, Linda A.
This document describes the development and content of five videocassettes used to depict diverse approaches to kindergarten education to preservice and current teachers and teacher educators. Developed under a faculty development grant from the University of South Dakota, the tapes range between 15 and 25 minutes in duration. The first tape, "Reading in Kindergarten: Memory to Decoding," shows a variety of techniques such as phonics, song charts, taped and text stories, illustrations, and labeled objects intended to guide children from memorizing words to reading them. The second, "Writing in Kindergarten: Skills and Process," differentiates between handwriting and creative writing, noting the developmental stages of both. The next video, "Science in Kindergarten: A Sense of Wonder," emphasizes the use of the environment. Children conduct and participate in experiments and are thus exposed to the scientific method. Some of the themes explored are Plants, Animals, Seasons, and Senses. "Kindergarten Mathematics: Hands-on Learning," depicts the use of class objects and events to learn number sense, measurement, categorization, addition, and subtraction among several other concepts. The final video, "Play in Kindergarten: A Process for Learning," affirms that play is a developmental process that helps to achieve learning and social skills. It shows how play can be integrated into reading, writing, mathematics, science, art, and computer use. The emphasis is on creative and constructive play rather than goal-directed or product-focused play. (BC)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Creative Writing, Experiential Learning, Handwriting, Inservice Teacher Education, Kindergarten, Mathematics Instruction, Models, Play, Preservice Teacher Education, Primary Education, Reading Instruction, Science Instruction, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Videotape Recordings, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children (Peoria, IL, April 21, 1994).