Early Childhood Development
Developing a 1-week curriculum consisting of 5 daily lessons plans . Each lesson plan will include 3 objectives aimed to foster the (a) cognitive (module 2), (b) socio-emotional (module 3), and (c) moral and character development (module 4) of a particular age group of young children in a specified ECD classroom. Corresponding with each set of objectives (set = per area of development) will be 3 specific activities that the children in your ECD classroom will be engaged in – as a means of meeting each objective. In module 5 you will prepare a research-based rationale that supports your lesson objectives and corresponding activities.
Prepare and submit is in essence your daily lesson plans for 1 particular week – indicating your "plan" for fostering the cognitive, socio-emotional, and moral & character development of the children in your ECD classroom. Toward this end, each portion of your curriculum document that you will be submitting at the end of each module should be developed with the following target audience and corresponding purposes in mind:
Yourself: Your lesson plans should be developed to the extent and in the manner such that it serves as your daily reminder of what it is that you will be doing with the children in your ECD classroom on any one particular day within this particular week.
Guest Teacher / Substitute: Imagine you are not able to make it in to your classroom to teach these lessons. In your place will be a guest teacher / substitute who will be responsible for meeting each of the cognitive objectives via the activities that you had planned for each day. As such, your lesson plans should be developed to the extent and in the manner such that this guest teacher / substitute will know exactly how to lead the children in your ECD classroom through each purposeful activity.
At the end of module 5, you are to submit a research-based rationale that supports your lesson objectives and corresponding activities. This rationale should be developed with the following important "audience" in mind:
Parents Your interest in working with young children in the ECD education environment will undoubtedly call for you to work with the parents of these children to varying extents, in varying capacities – spanning from parent conferences to having parent volunteers in your classroom. As such, it is of utmost importance for you to readily articulate a rationale for each objective and corresponding activity that you will be doing with your children in your classroom on any one given day. Toward this end, prepare a 1/2 to 1 full page document that provides this rationale. Importantly, this rationale is to support your objectives and corresponding activities via the theoretical research and relevant professional resources. (Additional details provided in module 5.
For Module1 Task:
In a 2-3 page narrative essay discuss your response to the following topics. Respond to the following assignment criteria.
Before we begin developing these lesson plans (modules 2-4), we must first establish the specific context that will form the basis of your curriculum. Toward this end:
Determine the particular developmental level (infancy, toddler, preschool, or kindergarten) that is of most relevance and/or interest to you – with regard to your professional goals as an early childhood educator.
Identify the particular state that is of most relevance and / or interest to you – with regard to your professional goals as an early childhood educator.
Research and identify the extent and manner in which your selected state supports ECD programs.
Prepare an introductory overview of your ECD curriculum project. This introductory overview is to include, but is not limited to the following information:
-Explain the intended developmental level for your ECD curriculum project.
-Describe the important attributes of children within this developmental level.
-Discuss the state in which you intend to implement your ECD project in terms of its existing policies/legislation that support ECD programs.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate this introductory section of your curriculum document:
Do you clearly identify the particular developmental level of the children that your curriculum will be geared toward?
Do you clearly describe the particular attributes of the children within this developmental level?
Is the content of this introductory section of your project based upon professional and scholarly resources provided – but not limited to the background reading materials and resources?
Do you address each of the specified items in an organized and coherent manner?
Does your introduction to your curriculum document reflect graduate level writing skills?
Demonstrate your ability to convey information in a clearly organized and coherent manner. Make sure to double space your work. The essay should have a clear introduction, well developed body, and concise conclusion following the basic writing style found in the TUI Style Sheet for writing expectations.
1. Department of Education. Early Childhood Education, archived Inofrmaiton. Retrieve Mar. 2012 from http://www2.ed.gov/parents/earlychild/ready/resources.html.
2. Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences. (2000). Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers. Retrieved Mar. 2012 from http://www.nap.edu/openbook/0309068363/html/index.html
Websites – required
Early Learning: Pre-Kindergarten database. Retrieved Mar. 2012 from http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/27/24/2724.htm
The Pre-Kindergarten Policy Framework. Retrieved Mar. 2012 from http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~npc/framework/index.cfm
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