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ERIC Number: ED424961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 14
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Thinking about Thinking Skills in a Preschool Curriculum.
Seng, SeokHoon
Bright Start is a preschool program designed to assist caregivers and educators of children ages 2 through 5 years become optimal facilitators of young children's learning through enhancing the quality of their interaction with children and through providing mediated learning experiences. This paper examines the cognitive approach to preschool curricula and describes characteristics of the Bright Start program. The program's theoretical basis is described as grounded in the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Feuerstein, and Haywood. The systematic curriculum is build around six core ideas, presented as curriculum units: (1) "Noticing Our World," focusing on using the senses to experience the environment; (2) "Looking Back," emphasizing the ability to reflect on the past and connect past with present events; (3) "Let's Make a Plan," dealing with thinking strategically, setting goals, planning, evaluating the results, and making revisions based on the results; (4) "That's Fantastic," focusing on developing imagination, cause and effect connections, and hypothetical thinking; (5) "The Nimble Symbol," addressing the use of symbols and building a foundation for literacy and numeracy; and (6) "What's the Big Idea?," highlighting the main idea and looking for and learning from generalizable principles. The paper highlights research on the program indicating that children participating in Bright Start consistently showed superior primary grade achievement in language, reading, and mathematics. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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