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    Course Description:
     
    This course is a continuation of Preschool I.  Students will use their background experience and knowledge from Preschool I to develop in-depth lesson plans in math and language arts.  Formal observations, a case study and continued portfolio production will be covered. 
    A "B" or better is required in Preschool I to move into Preschool II.
     
    Enduring Understandings:
     
    Unit 1:  Review of Roles in Early Childhood Education, Lesson Plans, Observations and Guidance 
    Qualities of a strong curriculum
    How children learn
    Principles in planning early environments
    Development of effective lesson plans
    Use of valid resources in developing lesson plans
    Effective observations
    Goals of classroom guidance
    Logical consequences vs. natural consequences
    Effective techniques for communicating with young children
    Positive discipline vs. punishment
    Effective and ineffective discipline methods
    The importance of role models
    Guiding emotional, social and moral development 
    Unit 2:  Planning and Implementing Instruction in Language Arts, Math
    Create and teach a “file folder” activity
    Understand Phonics versus Phonemic Awareness
    Promote development of language skills
    Assess suitability of books
    Read effectively to preschoolers
    Early childhood pre-literacy concepts of letter recognition, name recognition, color word recognition, alphabet sequence, listening skills, rhyming, and alliteration
    The “window of opportunity” for the foundation of reading
    Early childhood math concepts of more vs. less, sorting, classifying, visual/spatial skills, sequencing, graphing, estimating, predicting, patterning, measurement, number recognition and number writing 
    Unit 3:  Case Study 
    Recording and evaluating large and small motor skills of the preschool child
    Recording and evaluating adult and child social interactions of the preschool child
    Recording and evaluating social adjustments of the preschool child
    Recording and evaluating problem solving skills and language development of the preschool child
    Summaries and Insights from the Case Study 
    Unit 4:  Portfolio Development  
    What a portfolio is
    Content of a portfolio
    Process of developing a portfolio
    Quality vs. quantity in portfolio high standards
    Becoming portfolio conscious 

    Essential Questions:
     
    Unit 1:  Review of Roles in Early Childhood Education, Lesson Plans, Observations and Guidance 
    What are the qualities of a strong curriculum?
    How do children learn?
    What principles should be used in planning early childhood environments?
    How are effective lesson plans developed?
    Why do child care professionals observe and record children’s behavior?
    What are the methods for recording observations?
    What are effective techniques for communicating with young children?
    How can behavior be guided?
     
    Unit 2:  Planning and Implementing Instruction in Language Arts, Math
    How does the preschool environment promote the development of language skills?
    What is phonics?  Phonemic awareness?
    How do you effectively read a story to preschoolers?
    What are age-appropriate early childhood concepts in language arts?  Math? 
    Unit 3:  Case Study 
    Are there gender differences in learning for preschoolers?
    What is a Case Study?
    What is the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of the preschooler?
    What are developmental milestones? 
    Unit 4:  Portfolio Development  
    What is a portfolio?
    How do I develop a portfolio?
    How can I design my portfolio for use after high school? 
     
     
    Course Academic Vocabulary:
    Unit 1:
    Curriculum Developmentally Appropriate Active Listening
    I-Message Positive Discipline Redirection
    Self-Discipline  
     
     
    Unit 2:
    Phonics Phonemic Awareness Environmental Print
    Rhyming Alliteration Sorting
    Classifying Sequencing Patterning
     
    Unit 3:
    Case Study Developmental Milestones Large Motor Skills
    Small Motor Skills  
     
    Unit 4:
    Portfolio Resume  
     
     
    Course Units / Topics of Study:
    Unit 1:  Review of Roles in Early Childhood Education, Lesson Plans, Observations and Guidance 
    Unit 2:  Planning and Implementing Instruction in Language Arts, Math 
    Unit 3:  Case Study  
    Unit 4:  Portfolio Development