ERIC Number: ED401038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Reflecting Children's Lives: A Handbook for Planning Child-Centered Curriculum.
Curtis, Deb; Carter, Margie
This handbook is a resource for preschool curriculum planning. Chapter 1, "Begin with Yourself," provides checklists, comparative charts, and guiding questions for self-assessment of knowledge and experiences. Chapter 2, "Revitalizing the Environment," provides tools to assess the learning environment and makes suggestions about space, schedule, classroom routines, and materials. Chapter 3, "Bringing the Child Back in DAP," emphasizes self-directed activities to improve observation skills and give sample teacher journal entries. Chapter 4, "Redefining Curriculum Themes," includes activities to enable teachers to reconsider their approach to theme planning, including materials and suggestions for the themes of meaningful work, physical development, creative expression, transformation activities, and learning skills. Children's projects are provided as examples to analyze. Chapter 5, "Caring for Infants and Toddlers," focuses on building relationships with this age group. Chapter 6, "Organizing and Communicating Your Approach to Curriculum Planning," provides several schema for planning curriculum and includes self-directed activities to strengthen teachers' ability to communicate the value of their role. Chapter 7, "Developing Yourself," includes a self-assessment checklist, encourages thinking in new ways about the teachers' role, and discusses teacher dispositions to cultivate. Resource materials are recommended for environments, curriculum planning, and teacher roles; infants and toddlers; observing children and the natural world; professional and personal growth and inspiration. A list of useful supplies is also included. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Individual Development, Infants, Preschool Education, Professional Development, Resource Materials, Scheduling, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Space Utilization, Student Centered Curriculum, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Toddlers, Units of Study, Young Children
Redleaf Press, P.O. Box CG7, 450 North Syndicate, Suite 5, St. Paul, MN 55104-4125 (Catalog No. 3043, $21.95, plus $2.95 shipping. Minnesota residents must add 6.5% sales tax).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reference Materials - General
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