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The sixth edition of EARLY EDUCATION CURRICULUM: A CHILD'S CONNECTION TO THE WORLD focuses on the process of planning and implementing a curriculum, and setting up an inclusive child-centered environment. This text meets the needs of a diverse range of students and experienced teachers, helping them to make informed decisions about curriculum content as well as to develop creative thinking and the ability to effectively apply theory to an early childhood classroom setting. Updated to include the most current research and standards, the sixth edition presents new material on brain research that underlies teaching ideas as well as new information on reflective practice, intentional teaching, and using the environment as a teaching tool. The book retains its strong applied focus on the how-to's of teaching, with many new hands-on teaching tips and six new chapters on topics such as observation and assessment, fine motor and manipulatives, and large motor and outdoor play.
- Updated to include the most current research and standards, the sixth edition presents new and expanded material on brain research that underlies teaching ideas as well as greater emphasis on reflective practice, intentional teaching, and using the environment as a teaching tool. Content also reflects greater sensitivity to all age groups through the second grade. At the same time, the book retains its strong applied focus on the how-to's of teaching, with numerous new hands-on teaching ideas.
- New Reflect on This questions appear in the margins, encouraging students to engage in reflective teaching-a theme that runs throughout the text-and highlighting its importance.
- Digital Downloads notations throughout the book identify information, forms, and worksheets (i.e. Learning Environment Checklists, Activity Plans and Worksheets, lists of children's books) that can be downloaded from the Education CourseMate website, customized, and used in the classroom as well as to review concepts.
- New Appendices provide a rich selection of resources for early childhood educators. These include activities, songs, forms (e.g., activity plan worksheets), lists of website resources, and information on state guidelines and standards. Appendices on integrated curriculum themes and activities and on professional organizations have been retained.
- This edition has been reorganized to create a consistent presentation across all chapters. New chapters cover observation and assessment (Ch. 2), the learning environment (Ch. 4), fine motor and manipulatives (Ch. 11), large motor and outdoor play (Ch. 12), and construction: blocks and woodworking (Ch. 13). To allow for these additions, several chapters from the previous edition have been combined (i.e., the chapters on language/literacy and literature; art, music, and puppets; and social studies and dramatic play).
- A new capstone Chapter 14, “Putting It All Together: Evaluation and Documentation,” offers guidance to help teachers determine whether the philosophy, goals, and objectives of their programs have been met as well as insights into how to interpret and use evaluation results.
- A new Brain Research box in every chapter highlights what research indicates about child development. Topics include brain-based literacy learning (Ch. 5), executive function/self-regulation (Ch. 9), and how physical activity is a strong determinant in the early development of the brain (Ch. 12).
- New chapter-opening Learning Outcomes are correlated to main sections of the chapter, guiding students' reading and showing them what they need to learn, process, and understand in the chapter. The outcomes are linked to new numbered chapter summary points that appear in a question-and-answer format, reinforcing students' knowledge and skills.
- Standards-related coverage (NAEYC, DAP, InTASC, NSES, IRA, NVAS, NSME, and Head Start) is integrated throughout the text. Each chapter opener lists the standards to be addressed in the upcoming material, and relevant content throughout the chapter is identified by an icon.
- A new Learning Environment Checklist in every chapter helps teachers plan for the many ways in which the physical environment can enhance learning. For instance, the Science Environment Checklist asks future teachers to consider more than 30 questions on such topics as whether the science center has enough space to accommodate several children, is located near a sink, and allows for uninterrupted work.
- New Teaching Tips boxes (formerly integrated into the narrative as Tips for Teachers), add prominence to these important how-to's.
- New TeachSource Video Case boxes (one per chapter) are integrated throughout the text. Each box introduces a video case-viewable at Early Childhood Education CourseMate-that helps students relate important chapter content to a real-life scenario in an early childhood education setting.
- New and updated research, national standards, NAEYC guidelines, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices assure that students gain knowledge of current thinking regarding the early childhood curriculum. The inclusion of developmentally appropriate activities helps students translate theory and research into practical application.
- Reflective Review Questions at the end of each chapter help students check their understanding. Explorations activities involve students in active learning; for instance, students might be asked to select a plan a fine motor activity for young children, or use an environment checklist to conduct an observation of an early childhood learning environment.
- Popular “Why I Teach Young Children” anecdotes (now entitled “Personal Anecdote”) and quotes of early childhood professionals give practical guidance and help students understand and appreciate various points-of-view.
- The book incorporates an up-to-date emphasis on multicultural/anti-bias curriculum; authentic observation, assessment, and evaluation; special needs adaptations and modifications; guidance techniques; and technology.
- Detailed descriptions of how to involve families in their children's learning are included.
- All chapters are separate and complete, allowing instructors to use them in any order if they wish. At the same time, the chapters in their original sequence form a complete curriculum for children from infancy to age eight.
1. Starting the Process.
2. Observation and Assessment.
3. Creating Curriculum.
4. The Learning Environment.
PART II: DISCOVERING AND EXPANDING THE EARLY EDUCATION CURRICULUM.
5. Language and Literacy.
6. Creativity: Art and Music.
7. The Child's World: Social Studies and Dramatic Play.
8. Sensory Play.
11. Fine Motor and Manipulative Play.
12. Large Motor and Outdoor Play.
13. Construction: Blocks and Woodworking.
14. Putting It All Together: Evaluation and Documentation.
Appendix A: Integrated Curriculum Themes and Activities.
Appendix B: Activities.
Appendix C: Songs.
Appendix D: Forms.
Appendix E: Website Resources.
Appendix F: State Guidelines and Standards.
Appendix G: Professional Organizations.
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
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