A Practical Guide to Early Childhood Curriculum: Linking Thematic, Emergent, and Skill-Based Planning to Children's Outcomes / Edition 2

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@SUMMARY= This comprehensive book offers easy and practical systems to organize and integrate interest-based and skill-based curriculum ideas and to effectively plan for young children. It makes ongoing lesson plans easier to write, implement and monitor, and links lesson planning to both curriculum objectives and children's outcomes in all learning domains. The book provides comprehensive information on the setting of daily schedules, long and short range lesson planning, guidance/classroom management, and trends and priorities in the field. Diagrams, lesson plan forms, illustrations, and developmentally sequenced activity tables help teachers organize scaffolded experiences in all learning domains. The book also describes implementation that meets the diverse and changing needs of every child from the beginning to end of the year.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205337545
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/10/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 919,539
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

@AUTHBIO= Evelyn Petersen is a nationally known, award-winning parenting columnist and child and family advocate. She is an active consultant, a public speaker, an early childhood educator and an author. Her weekly "Parent Talk" column has been carried on the Knight Ridder Tribune News Wire since 1987, and is distributed to more than 300 newspapers nationwide. Petersen holds degrees in Child Development, Family Life and Education from both Purdue and Central Michigan Universities. Throughout her 40 years of teaching, she has worked with children, parents and teachers from pre-school to post-graduate levels. In the past 18 years, she has done in depth training for teachers and parents in hundreds of early childhood and Head Start programs in 30 states. She has been a federal compliance reviewer of well over 100 Head Start programs in 18 states and 14 Tribal Nations.

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Table of Contents

Every chapter concludes with "Self Study Activities."



About the Author.

1. What Is Curriculum?

Child Development Principles.

Best Practices and Accepted Standards in the Field.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice.


Experiences and Materials.

Roles of Adults.

Infant Toddler Curriculum.

2. Curriculum and Child Development.

Who Are the Children for Whom We Plan.

Planning for Childrens Health and Well-Being.

Planning for Other Curriculum Goals.

3. The Setting: Where Curriculum Happens.

Advocates of the Learning Environment.

Learning Centers — General Remarks.

Learning Centers in Infant Toddler Programs, Kindergartens and Primary Classrooms.

Basic Learning Centers in the Setting.

Other Considerations in the Setting.

Setting Checklist.

Self-Study Activities.

Floor Plans.

4. The Schedule: When Curriculum Happens.

Schedules as Guidelines.

Schedules as Documentation.

Critiques of Daily Schedules.

Challenges in Scheduling.

5. Lesson Plans: How Curriculum Happens.

Lesson Plans as Tools for Curriculum Planning.

Lesson Plans as Documentation.

Elements of a Comprehensive Lesson Plan.

Quality Lesson Plans Incorporate Detail.

Assistance in Lesson Planning.

Documenting Individualized Teaching

Seven Steps in Effective Lesson Planning.

Lesson Plan Examples

6. Individualizing: The Why of Curriculum.

Developmental Screening Tools.

IEPs and IFSPs.

Developmental Assessment Tools.

Considerations in Choosing Screening Instruments.


An Original Observation Form.

Evaluating and Organizing Information for Appropriate Planning.

Individualizing for Every Child.

An Individualization to Outcomes System.

Summary Sheets — A System for Individualizing and Documentation.

7. Interest-Based Curriculum: Horizontal Planning.

All Curriculum Information.

Systems for Using Thematic Curriculum.

Systems for using Emergent Curriculum.

8. Skill-Based Curriculum — Vertical Planning.

Part 1. The Systematic Management of Skill-Based Activities.

Why a Management System is Needed.

Skill-Based Activities.

Developmentally Sequenced Activities.

Part 2. A System for Skill-Based Planning.

Vertical Planning.

Learning Domains Addressed in This System.

A Sequenced Planning System That Incorporates Scaffolding.

Parent Partnerships: Sharing Information and Time Blocks with Parents.

Curriculum Planning Diagram.

9. Putting It All Together: Integrated Curriculum; Integrated Learning.

Simple Integrated Curriculum and Webs.

Complex Integrated Curriculum and Webs.

Integrating Web Information with Horizontal and Vertical Planning.

Linking Web Information with Curriculum Objectives.

10. Classroom Management: Social-Emotional Outcomes.

What to Avoid.

Preventative Management and Guidance.

Management and Guidance in Action.

Peer Reinforcement and Challenging Behaviors — A Case Study.

11. Trends and Priorities in Early Childhood Education.

Current Trends.

Cultural Diversity and Inclusion as Curriculum Priorities.

Other Curriculum Priorities.

Discovery Learning — Math and Science.

Appendix A: Skill-Based Learning Experiences — September to May.

Appendix B: Program Curriculum Examples.

Appendix C: Developmental Profiles — Birth to Age Eight.

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