Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach

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Why has the Project Approach proven to be so successful for engaging young children intellectually and supporting their capacities to think, predict, hypothesize, reason, and express their natural curiosity? Simply put, because project work provides meaningful contexts in which young learners can readily apply and grasp the usefulness of their growing academic skills. This book provides a brief history and overview of the Project Approach and a thorough explanation of how to implement this method for best effect ...

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Overview

Why has the Project Approach proven to be so successful for engaging young children intellectually and supporting their capacities to think, predict, hypothesize, reason, and express their natural curiosity? Simply put, because project work provides meaningful contexts in which young learners can readily apply and grasp the usefulness of their growing academic skills. This book provides a brief history and overview of the Project Approach and a thorough explanation of how to implement this method for best effect in a wide range of educational contexts.

Intended for those who work with young children as well as caregivers and students in training to do so, readers will understand how to apply this approach in order to gain the interest of children and facilitate their mental growth. The book's chapters articulate the process and benefits of the project approach, identify and detail the three typical phases of project work, and provide specific suggestions for implementing each stage. The importance of documentation of the children's work to record the story of their investigation and findings is also discussed.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781440828720
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 196,463
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword to the First Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Chapter 1. Introduction to the Project Approach
Chapter 2. Principles of Practice in the Early Years
Chapter 3. Project Work in Action
Chapter 4. Features of the Project Approach
Chapter 5. Issues in Selecting Topics for Projects
Chapter 6. Teacher Planning
Chapter 7. Phase I: Getting Projects Started
Chapter 8. Phase II: Projects in Progress
Chapter 9. Phase III: Concluding Projects
Chapter 10. Drawing in the Context of a Project
Chapter 11. The Project Approach in Perspective
Appendix A. Houses: How Are They Built?
Appendix B. Guidelines for a Project on Seedpods
Appendix C. Dramatic Play in the Hospital
Appendix D. Instructions for Children: How to Make your Own Book
Appendix E. Project Webs for Going Shopping, Weather, and a Construction Site
Appendix F. School Bus Webs for Younger and Older Children Appendix G. Zoom Web on Homes
Appendix H. A Walk Around the School
Appendix I. Project Web for "How we Get our Fish"
References
Author Index
Subject Index
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