Total Learning: Developmental Curriculum for the Young Child / Edition 7

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Practical in approach, this popular book explains how to develop and present a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and culturally sensitive curriculum for young children. Divided according to the emotional, social, creative, physical, and cognitive selves, this book focuses on the developmental needs of children, rather than on specific subject areas. Designed to encourage children to become independent, creative people, this text advocates curriculum that is age appropriate and emphasizes play as the indicator of learning.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132225663
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/24/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Hendrick is professor emerita of early childhood education from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to raising four children of her own, her practical experience includes working with children at Stanford Speech and Hearing Clinic, directing a parent-child workshop, working in Head Start, and chairing the early childhood areas at Santa Barbara City College and the University of Oklahoma. She holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University in disorders of speech and hearing, and graduate degrees from the University of California in counseling and early childhood education. She is past president of the California Association for the Education of Young Children.

Her current interests include gardening, photography, traveling to exotic places, writing about young children, and enjoying her 10 grandchildren.

Patricia Weissman began her early childhood career as a family care provider for two infants. Having found her calling, she studied early childhood education in the master's program at San Francisco State University and received a doctorate of education from the University of San Francisco. During the past 25 years, she has worked as an infant caregiver, a preprimary teacher, a center director, a Child Development Associate(CDA) advisor, a professor of early childhood education, and a research associate in early childhood development at the Merrill-Palmer Institute of Wayne State University. She was the founding editor of the journal Innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Exchange. Dr. Weissman also designed and consulted on the production of the Public Broadcasting Service video series titled The Whole Child: A Caregiver's Guide to the First Five Years.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The purpose of curriculum 1
Ch. 2 Including families in the life of the school 21
Ch. 3 Play : the integrative force in learning 37
Ch. 4 Designing the supportive environment 54
Ch. 5 Creating supportive curriculum plans and schedules 70
Ch. 6 Getting to know the children by keeping track of what they're learning 91
Ch. 7 Planning with individual children in mind : using behavioral objectives in the school 112
Ch. 8 Keeping children safe and well fed 123
Ch. 9 Developing physical competence 144
Ch. 10 Helping children understand and value life 165
Ch. 11 Achieving emotional competence 178
Ch. 12 Getting along together : achieving competence in interpersonal relations 197
Ch. 13 Who am I? : who are you? : coming to terms with multicultural, gender, and disability issues 219
Ch. 14 Freeing children to be creative 242
Ch. 15 Developing verbal competence 269
Ch. 16 Taking the first steps on the road to literacy 289
Ch. 17 Helping children learn to think for themselves : using the emergent approach 308
Ch. 18 Helping children develop mental abilities and academic competence : using the conventional approach 328
App. A Chart of normal development : infancy to 6 years of age 353
App. B What are some good toys and play materials for young children? 358
App. C Summary of communicable diseases 361
App. D 10 quick ways to analyze children's books for racism and sexism 365
App. E Educational organizations, journals, and newsletters associated with early childhood education 368
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Total Learning is a practical book based on 40 years of teaching young children, their families, and student teachers as well as on the author's experiences with the preprimary schools in Reggio Emilia. The text advocates basing curriculum on the emerging interests of the children within a practical, flexible, thoughtful teacher-made plan.

It explains how to identify goals and objectives, incorporate them into curriculum that meets individual needs, and how to assess the results in a developmentally appropriate way. Because it focuses on the children, it is divided according to the emotional, social, creative, physical, and cognitive selves and explains how such topics as emergent literacy, cross-cultural understandings and sound health practices can be incorporated to enhance those selves.

The text advocates curriculum that is age-appropriate, nourished by play, and intended to encourage children to become independent, creative, thoughtful people.


New to This Edition

  • The author, who is the editor of First Steps Toward Teaching the Reggio Way and who has an additional book about Reggio in preparation, includes extensive explanations of the Reggio Emilia Approach together with many practical suggestions for integrating aspects of that philosophy into the curriculum.
  • New material is included on the implications of recent research on the brain for educating young children.
  • Chapter Highlights is a new feature that includes titles such as, "The Death of the Chief" "Why Do Some Children Dislike Group Time So Much?" "What's Wrong with Time Out?" and"You're Black All Over?"
  • An entire new chapter on emergent literacy, "Taking the First Steps on the Road to Reading," has been added.
  • A new section on emerging mathematical skills is incorporated in Chapter 18, Mid-level Mental Abilities.
  • Because of current concerns, the chapter on assessment, "Getting to Know Children by Keeping Track of What They're Learning," has been expanded and clarified.
  • References for Further Reading now include a special, often off-beat, interesting book under the heading "Pick of the Litter."
  • A series of videotapes originally made for Total Learning's companion book, The Whole Child, funded by the Annenberg CPB Project, coordinates well with Total Learning and is available in both Spanish and English.

Continuing Features

  • Total Learning includes a strong emphasis on multicultural, nonsexist, inclusive education.
  • It emphasizes teaching the whole child--not just the child from the neck up.
  • It explains Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories and their implications for early childhood education.
  • It demonstrates how the emergent and the conventional approaches to teaching the cognitive self can work together for the benefit of the children.
  • The annotated references, a popular feature, includes hundreds of new references for further reading for both beginning and advanced students.
  • Food for Thought and Group Discussion questions and Content-Related and Integrative questions are provided to help students review.
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