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Explore how “big ideas” form the centerpiece for early childhood curriculum approaches that are responsive to and respectful of children’s natural curiosity!
To help you engage in constructivist practices with your preschool and primary grade students, Constructivism across the Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms bridges the gap between theory and practice by carefully outlining seven Big Ideas–light, balance, zooming in and out, sound, upside down and inside out, cause and effect, and transformation–that provide a springboard to developing an effective interdisciplinary, child-centered curriculum. Filled with a goldmine of activities to spark student learning, children’s literature references that extend student engagement, and classroom scenarios that demonstrate how real teachers have put constructivist theory into practice, Christine Chaille’s book is the perfect professional development resource for early childhood teachers.
Meet classroom goals and implement a fresh curriculum:
The big ideas teachers can’t stop talking about!
“[Christine] uses many examples of excellent activities and goes into great detailed explanation about how [the activities] are beneficial for students’ learning and why. Her explanations are a wonderful way of getting down to the brass tacks for new teachers…It is refreshing to see such honesty and step-by-step instructions that new teachers need.”
--Nancy B. Stewart, Early Childhood Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools, VA
“The author’s writing style is extremely engaging and effective…and I loved the idea of utilizing a curricular starting point, and demonstrating how the teacher branches off from that point. Having this personal example of a teacher’s journey engages the reader, and facilitates connections to [our] own work.”
--Johnna Darragh, Heartland Community College, IL
Chapter 1 Big Ideas: A Framework for Constructivist Curriculum
Chapter 2 Light as an Introduction to Big Ideas
Chapter 3 The Constructivist Teacher: Issues in Implementation
Chapter 4 Balancing Acts
Chapter 5 Zooming In and Out
Chapter 6 Playing with Sound
Chapter 7 Upside Down and Inside Out: The Wacky Curriculum
Chapter 8 Chain Reactions: One Thing Leads to Another
Chapter 9 Transformation
Chapter 10 Epilogue