ERIC Number: ED468281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Lessons from Turtle Island: Native Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms.
Jones, Guy W.; Moomaw, Sally
Responding to the current level of bias with regard to Native peoples in preschool education and providing opportunities for preschool children to better understand issues of cultural diversity, this curriculum guide explores Native American issues. Chapter 1 of the guide outlines the problems currently existing in the schools with regard to Native people, including the omission of Native American materials from the curriculum, inaccurate portrayals or information about Native peoples, stereotyping, and cultural insensitivity. Chapters 2 through 6 focus on broad topics of similarity among peoples that can serve as unifying themes for curriculum planning: children, homes, family, community, and the environment. Each of these chapters contains: (1) opening reflections from both authors on the topic; (2) discussion of relevant cultural similarities and differences; (3) suggestions of childrens literature and activities; (4) suggestions for curriculum extensions; and (5) a list of non recommended activities or practices. Chapter 7 illustrates the influences of Native American books and artwork on a family heritage project undertaken by several preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Chapter 8 presents guidelines for teachers on selecting class guests, childrens literature, toys, and materials. This chapter also includes an extensive bibliography of recommended childrens books; a discussion of problematic childrens books; an annotated list of publications to help educators; a discussion of problematic teachers guides or activity books; a list of recommended recordings by Native musicians; a list of Native American artists; a list of selected Native publications; and a list of web sites that can provide additional resources. (Each chapter contains references.) (KB)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indians, Annotated Bibliographies, Bibliographies, Cultural Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Multicultural Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Stereotypes, Thematic Approach
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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