ERIC Number: ED418789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Child-Centered Classrooms: 6-7 Year Olds. Step By Step: A Program for Children and Families.
Walsh, Kate Burke
In child-centered education programs, children construct their own knowledge from their experiences and interactions with the world around them, and teachers foster children's growth and development by building on children's interests, needs, and strengths within a safe and caring environment. The Step by Step educational partnership developed a series of child-centered teaching manuals for caregivers and teachers in early childhood programs in Central and Eastern Europe. Initially directed at the preschool level, the series has been extended from birth to age 10. This manual (for 6- and 7-year-olds) builds on the series' child-centered preschool program and provides primary grade teachers with lessons, suggestions for extended activities, assessment strategies and forms, thematic curriculum webs, and complete resource and reference lists. The manual's contents are: (1) "Part 1: Presenting the Step by Step Primary Program," includes educating for the 21st century, goals for the program, developmental guidelines, character development, classroom management in the child-centered classroom, ongoing assessment, and family participation; (2) "Part 2: Implementing the Step by Step Primary Program," including distinctive characteristics, literacy, visual arts, mathematics, science, and social studies; and (3) "Part 3: Unifying the Learning Experience," includes integrated learning and an example thematic unit of study on bread. Contains 21 references. (EV)
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Techniques, Elementary School Students, Ethical Instruction, Experiential Learning, Family Involvement, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities, Literacy, Mathematics Education, Primary Education, Science Education, Social Studies, Student Evaluation, Teaching Guides, Thematic Approach, Visual Arts
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Resources International, Inc., Washington, DC.; Open Society Inst., New York, NY.