Connecting Emergent Curriculum and Standards in the Early Childhood Classroom Strengthening Content and Teaching Practice

ISBN-10: 080775109X
ISBN-13: 9780807751091
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 7/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Sydney L. Schwartz is professor emerita, Queens College of the City University of New York; and Sherry M. Copeland is director of Early Childhood, Borough of Queens, New York City Department of Education.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Our Response to the Current Challenge
Two Curriculum Models, One Common Academic Goal
Our Big Ideas for a Successful Action-Based Learning Environment That Addresses the Standards
Children's Interests Drive Learning
Strengthening Content Learning
Summary
Defining Content: Addressing the Challenge to Expand Content and Strengthen Skills
The Way Young Children Learn
Addressing the Deficiencies in the Early Childhood Standards Movement
Organizing Teacher Content Knowledge
Key Content Ideas in Science
Key Content Ideas in Mathematics
Key Content Ideas in Social Studies
Key Content Ideas in Language and Literacy
Summary
The Teacher Role in Strengthening Content and Meeting the Standards
Steps in the Process of Expanding the Teacher Role
Identifying Emerging Key Content Ideas Through Observation During Center Time
Initiating and Extending Conversation During Center Time
The Use of Recording Forms for Professional Reflection
Expanding the Curriculum Within the Centers
Expanding the Content Through Group-Time Activities and Themes
Assessing and Documenting Children's Learning
Summary
Strengthening Content in the Block Center
Stages of Block Building
Expanding the Content During Center Time
Seeding and Leading in the Block Center
Moving with Content Beyond the Block Center
Summary
Strengthening Content in the Water and Sand Center
Developmental Stages in Learning About Water and Sand
Expanding the Content During Center Time
Structured Learning Opportunities
Summary
Strengthening Content in the Manipulatives Center
Categories of Manipulative Materials
Using Materials in Different Ways
Progression in Levels of Use of Materials
Content Inherent in the Use of Single-Purpose Materials
Content Inherent in the Use of Sorting and patterning Materials
Content Inherent in the Use of Construction Materials
Role of the Teacher
The Interplay Between Adult-and Child-Driven Activities
Curricular Connections
Topic: Animals and Their Characteristics
Summary
Strengthening Content in the Drama Center
Forms of Dramatic Play
Views About Adult Involvement
Enriching Curriculum Through Focused Program Experiences
Content Focus in Theme Development
Supermarket Theme
Teacher Reflection
Summary
Strengthening Content in the Expressive Arts and Literacy Centers
Literacy Content
Expressive Art Content
A Developmental Perspective
Standards in Language and Literacy and the Expressive Arts
Setting Up and Seeding the Literacy and Expressive Arts Centers
Experimenting and Discovering with Media Materials
From Discovery to Expressing with Media Materials
Promoting Communication in Curriculum Activities
Stimulating Creative Expression
Sample Developmental Experiences
Expressing Ideas in Response to Science Events
Summary
Assessing Children's Learning: Documenting Results for Accountability Purposes
The Assessment progression
Sources of Assessment Data
Collecting Observational Data: Phase 1 in the progression
Designing Assessment Tasks in Management and Curriculum Activities: Phase 2 in the progression
Teacher-Designed Standard Tasks: Phase 3 in the Progression
Disseminating Assessment Information
Summary
Next Steps for Strengthening Content and Teaching practice in the Action-Based learning Environment
Meeting the Challenges
Our Challenge for the Future
Physical Science Content
Life Sciences Content
Earth and Environmental Science Content
Mathematics Content
Social Studies Content
Language and Literacy Content
Guide for Planning and Implementing Themes
Focused Curriculum Planning Form
Sample Theme: Shoes
Developmental Continuum for Visual Discrimination
Developmental Continuum for Auditory Discrimination
Developmental Continuum for Developing Number Sense
Mathematics Observation Recording Form
Physical Science Observation Recording Form
Sample Checklist: Alphabetic Knowledge
Visual Discrimination Observation Recording Form
References
Sources for Publication of Curriculum Standards
Children's Books Used in the Shoe Theme
Index
About the Authors

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