ERIC Number: ED400099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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The Complete Learning Center Book: An Illustrated Guide for 32 Different Early Childhood Learning Centers.
Young children are active learners who touch, feel, experiment, and create. Learning centers are designed to relate to their world of active learning and to encourage their involvement, thereby enhancing development of choice making, oral language, creativity, social skills, responsibility, and understanding of symbols. This book includes suggestions to help the busy teacher meet the challenges of developing effective centers, including enrichment of traditional centers and creating new dramatic and literature-based centers. Chapter 1 provides an introduction to planning, designing, and setting up centers, and chapter 6 discusses evaluation of center effectiveness and children's involvement. Chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5 contain detailed plans for centers, including: (1) learning objectives; (2) time frame; (3) letter to parents; (4) illustrated layout; (5) vocabulary enrichment; (6) teacher-collected and child-created props; (7) literacy connections; (8) center activities; and (9) evaluation of the center. Ideas for learning centers include housekeeping, art, sand and water, library, music and sound, writing, science and nature, grocery store, doctor's office, farm, beach, space, environmental awareness, fitness, nighttime, and long ago. (EV)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Discovery Learning, Early Childhood Education, Experiential Learning, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Design, Learner Controlled Instruction, Learning Centers (Classroom), Learning Processes, Play
Gryphon House, Inc., P.O. Box 207, Beltsville, MD 20704-0207 ($29.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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