North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Child Development
Early Childhood Curriculum CHD-115
Instructor: Kathleen Miller Green
Office: #112 Children
Phone: (208) 665-4527
Two mandatory Saturday classes are scheduled for September 22nd & October 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Due to Saturday class requirements, this course will end early on Wednesday, November 28th.
Theories of Childhood - An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky
Publisher: Redleaf Press
ISBN: ISBN 0-13-172794-X
Availability: Bookstore, book swap & internet
Early Childhood Curriculum: A Creative-Play Model
Publisher: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall
ISBN: ISBN13: 978-0-13-171111-2
Availability: Bookstore, book swap & internet
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:
Acquire basic knowledge of facts and terms as they relate to curriculum for young children
o Students will participate in weekly lectures and discussions on such topics of developmentally appropriate practice, child development theories, the different approaches to curriculum, and the different kinds of curriculum components.
o Students will complete course activities, such as environmental investigations, written reflections on curriculum topics, and other assignments that relate to early childhood curriculum.
o Students will pass all quizzes and exams.
Demonstrate the ability to integrate information and ideas about curriculum as it relates to early childhood settings.
o Students will complete a floor plan and an analysis of an early childhood environment
o Students will complete an investigation of a toy store, create theme boxes, collect developmentally appropriate activities for children, and participate in curriculum activities in class.
o Students will create lesson plans and present these activities to the class.
o Students will write a Competency Statement on how they will promote physical and intellectual development in young children.
o Students will write a Competency Statement on how they will utilize curriculum to support the social and emotional growth of young children.
Strengthen research and technology skills
o Students will utilize the computer to find related information effectively.
o Using multiple community sources, students will collect items for their professional resource file.
o Students will bring in relevant information from outside sources for class presentations.
Encourage participation and teamwork of self and others
o Students will participate in weekly discussion
o Students will prepare a group presentation on a specific curriculum topic
o Students will have opportunities in class for group work
Students will be assessed as follows: 1) attendance, 2) 5 written paper assignments, 3) compilation of curriculum book reviews, and 4) compilation of Curriculum Activity Guides.
Peer review of book reviews and activity guides will take place each week after mid-term.
Mandatory Saturday Classes
Two mandatory Saturday classes, held at the North Idaho College Children's Center in Coeur d'Alene are required for this class. The Saturday classes will be 1) September 22nd, and 2) October 13th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Due to required Saturday classes, the course will end early, on Wednesday, November 28th .
This Course Outline is an estimate of where the class will be at any point in time during the Semester. As an estimate, it is subject to change and/or modification. Check with the instructor for any changes to the outline.
Class 1: August 29th
- Course objectives and requirements
- What is “Curriculum”?
- Intro to Early Childhood Theorists
Reading assignment for next week: Chapter 1 of ECC and Chapter 1 & 2 TOC
Class 2: September 5th
- John Dewey
- Maria Montessori
- Erik Erikson
- Lev Vygotsky
- Jean Piaget
- Fundamental Underpinnings for Early Childhood
Reading assignment for next week: Chapters 3 & 4 of TOC
Homework Assignment: Write a 2 page paper on the Theorists assigned to you in class – reflect primarily on their approach to educating young children.
Class 3: September 12th
Turn in: Report on and then turn in reflection paper on selected Theorist
- Major Theoretical Perspectives
- Approaches to Curriculum
- How children and adults learn
Reading assignment for next week: Chapter 5 of TOC & Chapter 2 & 3 of ECC
Homework Assignment: Write a 2 page paper comparing two of the Curriculum Approaches listed on your class handout.
Class 4: September 19th
Turn in & discussion comparison paper on selected curriculum approaches
- Fundamentals that shape curriculum – discovery, curiosity and exploration
- Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)R
Reading assignment for Saturday’s Class: Chapter 6 of ECC
September 22nd – 1ST SUPER SATURDAY - Classes 5 & 6 At NIC Children’s Center – 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Defining Play and the role of play in the learning process
- Indoor environments
- Learning spaces & Floor plans
- Centers & Interest areas
Reading Assignment for next class: read Chapter 7 of ECC
- Create a thorough DRAFT floor plan of either an infant, toddler, or preschool classroom. Clearly label all items in the room. Be as specific as you can (windows, doors, built-ins, sinks, etc).
- Begin a summary of what the room looks like, why it is arranged the way it is, and the rationale for the room arrangement (eventually will be a 3 page minimum).
Class 7: September 26th
Turn in: Bring drafted Indoor Environment floorplan & write up - discussion with classmates
“No Child Left Outside”
Connection with Nature
Outdoor Play and Nature Activities
Reading assignment for next week: read Chapter 9 of ECC
- Finalize your indoor classroom design and written summary. Be prepared to talk about your design in class next week.
- DRAFT your design of an accompanying outdoor learning environment for either toddlers or preschoolers that matches your indoor environment. Draw and thoroughly label your environment.
- Begin a summary of your outdoor environment, including a rationale for why you have designed this outdoor environment for learning in this specific age group.
Class 8: October 3rd
Turn in: Bring Drafted Outdoor Environment Plan – discuss rationale in class
Turn in Final Indoor classroom floorplan and written summary
Designing a Managed Curriculum & Defining activities
· Goals and elements of activities
· Activity Documentation
· Written curriculum guides
· Curriculum Activity Guide practice & review
- Finalize your outdoor classroom design and written summary (3 pages). Be prepared to talk about your design in class next week.
- Write, in your own words, a full and complete description (give examples) of what is required for each section of the Curriculum Activity Guide you will be using for the rest of the semester.
Class 9: October 10th
Turn In: Present FINAL Outdoor Classroom Designs & Write Up
Turn in Curriculum Activity Guide explanation and examples – cross-check understanding of completion of Guides in class
Children’s Physical Development:
· Small & Large Motor
· Health, safety and nutrition
- Create/locate 2 fine motor, and 2 gross motor activities. Vary the topics of the activities across the areas of children’s development addressed in class. Write the selected activities on Curriculum Activity Guide sheets.
- Locate one children’s book related to fine motor development and one book related to gross motor development – write a description and review of the books – this will be explained more fully on Saturday. These assignments are due next Wednesday.
Saturday, October 13th – 2ND SUPER SATURDAY: At NIC Children’s Center - Classes 10 & 11 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Imbedding Early Childhood Literacy
- Using books to support all domains of development
- Choosing age-appropriate books
- Reading aloud formally & informally
- Evaluating books
- Using books to support all domains of development
Reading assignment for next class: Chapters 10 & 15 of ECC
Homework Assignment: Complete four Children’s Book Review forms for class on Wednesday
Class 12: October 17th
Turn in four Children’s Book Review forms (be prepared to discuss in class)
Turn in 4 Physical Development Activity guides and 2 book reviews (be prepared to discuss in class)
· Art /Aesthetics/Creativity
· Hands-on art activities
Reading assignment for next class: read Chapters11 & 12 of ECC
- Create/locate two (2) 2-dimensional and two (2) 3-dimensional art activities. Write the 4 selected activities on Curriculum Activity Guide sheets.
- Locate two (2) children’s books related to art/drawing/painting/creating – write a description and review of the books.
Class 13: October 24th
Turn in 4 Art activity guides and 2 book reviews (be prepared to discuss in class)
· Children’s Affective and Aesthetic Development
· Creative Dramatics
· Social Understanding
Reading Assignment: for next class, read Chapters 13 & 14 of ECC
- Create/locate 2 creative-dramatic activities and 2 social understanding activities. Write the 4 selected activities on Curriculum Activity Guide sheets.
- Locate one (1) children’s book related to children involved in creative-dramatics and one (1) book related to social understanding/emotions – write a description and review of the books.
Class 14: October 31 – Halloween!!! 25 extra points if you come to class in COSTUME!!!
Turn in 4 Creative/Dramatic and Social Understanding activity guides and 2 book reviews (be prepared to discuss in class)
· Music and rhythm
- Create/locate 2 movement, and 2 music/rhythm activities. Vary the topics of the activities across the areas of children’s development addressed in class. Write the selected activities on Curriculum Activity Guide sheets.
- Locate one children’s book related to movement/dance/marching and one book related to music/rhythm – write a description and review of the books.
Class 15 – November 7th (Guest Lecturer – KMG in Atlanta)
Turn in 2 movement and 2 music & rhythm activities and 2 book reviews (be prepared to discuss in class).
- Children’s cognitive development
- Children’s language development
Reading assignment for next week: Re-read Chapter 9 of CYC
- Create/locate 1 Cognitive (knowing & thinking) activities, and 1 Language activities. Write the selected activities on Curriculum Activity Guide sheets.
- Locate one(1) children’s book related to children thinking/imagining/problem-solving and one (1) book related to children and language(s) development – write a description and review of the books.
Class 16 – November 14th
Turn in 1 Cognitive, 1 Language, 1 Creative Dramatic & 1 Socio-Dramatic Activity guide and 4 book reviews - be prepared to discuss in class.
- Early Childhood Math concepts
- Math throughout the curriculum
- Hands-on Math Activities
- Locate/create 5 math activities for each of the following groups: infants, mobile infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age children. Write the selected activities on Curriculum Activity Guide sheets.
- Locate five books (5) - one related to math concepts or number learning for each of the five age groups you wrote math activities for – write a description and review of the books.
Last Class – November 28th
Turn in 5 Hands-on Math Activities and 5 book reviews – be prepared to discuss in class.
- Young Children and Science
- Science throughout the curriculum
- Hands-on Science Activities
- Locate/create 5 science activities for each of the following groups: infants, mobile infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age children. Write the selected activities on Curriculum Activity Guide sheets.
- Locate five (5) books related to science/weather/nature/animal concepts (one for each of the age groups you wrote science activities for) and write a description and review of the books.
Hands-on Science activities (5) and science book reviews (5) will be due to Kathleen by Friday, December 14th
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