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    Course Description:
    This course actively involves the student in planning and teaching a preschool for three to five year olds.  Using their background experience from the Child Development course as a foundation, students will plan lessons and implement activities in art and science.  Students will be introduced to the different forms of formal observations and produce a portfolio of their lesson plans   Students will have an opportunity to job shadow in the elementary schools.  Students interested in early childhood or elementary education, psychology, social work or parenting will find the useful and interesting.
     
    Enduring Understandings:
    Unit 1:  My Role in Early Childhood Education 
    The rewards and drawbacks of working in early childhood
    Qualities needed to work in early childhood professions
    The career possibilities in early childhood
    Training and requirements for careers in early childhood
    Qualities of a strong early childhood curriculum
    Creating lesson plans
    How children learn
    Effective teaching techniques
    Effective observations
    Principles used in planning early childhood environments
    The purpose and kinds of learning centers
    How to choose equipment, materials and toys wisely
    Unit 2:  Establishing Schedules, Routines and Guidance Appropriate for Preschool Children
    What a schedule is and considerations when developing one
    Why and how certain common routines are incorporated in the daily schedule
    Why and how transitions are used
    Goals of classroom guidance
    Effective techniques for communicating with young children
    Positive discipline vs. punishment
    Effective and ineffective discipline methods
    Guiding emotional, social and moral development
    What children understand in Piaget’s preoperational period
    How caregivers should react to preschooler’s language development
    How to develop a preschooler’s self-esteem
    Unit 3:  Art, Language Arts, Music, Gross Motor, Science, and Math Curriculums for Early Childhood Education
    Goals of an art curriculum
    Stages of artistic development
    Plan and lead art activities for preschoolers
    Process over product
    Promote development of language skills
    Assess suitability of books
    Read effectively to preschoolers
    How dramatic play encourages growth in all developmental areas
    How children benefit from puppets
    Create and act out a story with a puppet
    The benefits of music
    How basic skills and concepts are reinforced through music
    How science and math activities benefit children
    The teacher’s role in making science and math interesting and enjoyable for children
    Plan and lead science activities for preschoolers 
    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:
    What are the rewards and drawbacks of working in early childhood?
    What are the qualities of a strong curriculum?
    How do children learn?
    Why do child care professionals observe and record children’s behavior?
    What are the methods for recording observations?
    What principles should be used in planning early childhood environments?
    What is the purpose of learning centers? 
    Unit 2:
    Why is a set schedule and common routines incorporated in the preschool’s daily schedule?
    What are effective techniques for communicating with young children?
    In what ways can caregivers guide children’s emotional, social and moral development?
    What do children understand in Piaget’s preoperational period?
    What is your role in developing a preschooler’s self-esteem? 
    Unit 3:
    What are the goals of an art curriculum?
    What are the stages of children’s artistic development?
    What is an emphasis on process over product?
    How can the preschool environment promote the development of language skills?
    How do you effectively read a story to preschoolers?
    How does dramatic play encourage growth in all developmental areas?
    How does music benefit children?
    How are basic skills and concepts reinforced through music activities?
    How do science and math activities benefit children?
    How can a teacher make science and math activities interesting and enjoyable?
    How do gross motor activities benefit all areas of development?
    How is safety insured during gross motor activities? 
    Unit 4:
    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 and Unit 2:
    Curriculum Developmentally Appropriate Active Listening
    I-Message Positive Discipline Redirection
    Self-Discipline  
     
     
    Unit 3 and Unit 4:
    Process vs. Product Sensory Table Cooperative Play
    Dramatic Play Parallel Play Facilitate
    Lesson Plan Manipulatives Open-Ended Questions
    Teachable Moments Thematic Unit Portfolio
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    Course Units / Topics of Study:
    Unit 1:  My Role in Early Childhood Education
    Unit 2:  Establishing Schedules, Routines and Guidance Appropriate for Preschool Children
    Unit 3:  Art, Language Arts, Music, Gross Motor, Science, and Math Curriculums for Early Childhood Education
    Unit 4:  Portfolio Development