ERIC Number: ED420371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The North Carolina Guide for the Early Years.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Instructional Services.
Preschool and kindergarten teachers have the responsibility of supporting children as they learn and develop. This guide is designed to help North Carolina preschool and kindergarten teachers and administrators establish and maintain high quality programs, frame the broad issues regarding early childhood curriculum and instruction, describe major curricular and instructional approaches, and provide a framework for local program planners. Information is based on position papers developed by early childhood educators and reviewed for alignment with North Carolina State Board of Education policies. Chapter 1 of the guide, "How Do I Get To Know the Children in My Class?" presents information on child development, learning, and strategies for building partnerships with parents/caregivers and learning about the community and individual children. Chapter 2, "What Do I Teach?" examines expectations for cognitive development, curriculum guidelines and models, guidelines for appropriate content, and conceptual organizers. Chapter 3, "How Do I Teach?" considers the physical and interpersonal environment, scheduling, and developmental stages. Chapter 4, "How Do I Assess the Children's Progress?" addresses conditions for effective assessment; suggests techniques for observing, documenting, recording, and organizing information; and makes suggestions for drawing appropriate conclusions from information, modifying instruction, and sharing information. A lengthy discussion of content areas connects the preschool program with existing North Carolina Standard Course of Study K-12. The guide's appendix includes forms, guidance for inclusion of children with various disabilities, relevant state guidelines and statutes, and an article (Patricia Miller) regarding issues in early childhood education. Each chapter contains references. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Design, Developmental Stages, Inclusive Schools, Intellectual Disciplines, Kindergarten, Learning Centers (Classroom), Models, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Scheduling, Special Needs Students, State Curriculum Guides, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Instructional Services.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina