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ERIC Number: EJ1047590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Visiting Each Other's Homes: Four and Five Year Olds Begin Important Conversations
Leibowits, Sarah; Trowbridge, Mary; Gelernt, Lois
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v27 n2 p14-17 Nov-Dec 2014
Educators are committed to understanding one another in their community as they explore their diversity. The home visit unit of study represents one of the earliest examples of "student research" done at the school where these authors teach, which serves children in pre-kindergarten classes through grade eight. A home visit is a field trip during which a group of five students (children who are four and five-years old) travel with their teacher as "researchers" to the home of one of their classmates, "the host," and receive a personal tour. In the spring, each child in the class hosts one visit to his or her own home, guiding a group of four other students and a teacher. Over the course of three months, each student visits five different homes, creating a "report" (i.e., drawn pictures) for each one. What turns a field trip into more than just a one-day event is the preparation and follow-up. The home visit provides the "research material" for many lessons and discussions throughout the year. For example, when a group returns, the travelers discuss their experiences in the classroom with their peers. They share their reports, which they made during the visit, about what they saw and heard during travel and at that home. The home visits help children discover commonalities between families and learn to cherish differences. The visits form a foundation in which children begin to think and speak about some complex aspects of society, such as class, race, gender, languages, family constructs, and access to resources in the community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York