ERIC Number: ED472330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The Creative Curriculum[R] for Preschool. Fourth Edition.
Dodge, Diane Trister; Colker, Laura J.; Heroman, Cate
This teaching guide provides teachers of young children with a philosophy and guidelines for teaching that address childrens social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. The guide describes a curriculum that offers teachers guidance, support, and freedom to be creative and responsive with children, and provides children, including those with disabilities, with a carefully organized and rich environment. Part 1 of the guide explains the influence of theory and research on the curriculum and presents the five components of the curriculum framework with the necessary information to set up a program: (1) how children develop and learn; (2) the learning environment, especially the structure and routine in the classroom; (3) what children learn, focusing on the body of knowledge included in national and state standards for six content areas--literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and technology; (4) the teachers role in guiding childrens learning and assessing their progress; and (5) the familys role in the curriculum. Part 2 describes various materials that meet the developmental needs of young children and enhance learning and teaching in each of the following interest areas: blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, cooking, computers, and outdoors. Each of the chapters in Part 2 ends with a letter to families on ways to support childrens learning at school and at home. Throughout the guide are examples of how 2 teachers work with a group of 18 preschoolers to illustrate the teaching strategies and to personalize the approach. The guide's appendices include planning forms. Chapters in part 1 contain references totaling 36; part 2 concludes with 21 references. (KB)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Child Development, Childhood Needs, Class Organization, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Development, Computer Assisted Instruction, Creative Teaching, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Emotional Development, Learning Activities, Learning Centers (Classroom), Parent Participation, Physical Development, Social Development, Teacher Role, Young Children
Teaching Strategies, Inc., P.O. Box 42243, Washington, DC 20015 ($39.95, Item no. CB0019). Tel: 800-637-3652 (Toll Free); Tel: 202-362-7543; Fax: 202-364-7273; Web site: http://www.TeachingStrategies.com.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Teaching Strategies, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For related document, see ED 457 984.