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ARC 002: Preschool and Kindergarten Methods

Course Description

This course provides an overview of current practices related to curriculum, instruction and assessments of and for young children ages 3-6. Candidates will also enhance their knowledge related to classroom environments as well as the relationship between appropriate classroom management strategies, adult-child interactions and children’s social and behavioral skills.

Candidates will become familiar with NAEYC’s Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Connecticut’s Common Core of Teaching, and the Connecticut Framework: Preschool Curricular Goals and Benchmarks.

Prerequisite

  • Acceptance into the program.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Design and discuss developmentally appropriate learning experiences for preschoolers and kindergartners that include all content areas (music, language/literacy, science, art, movement, numeracy) and that are aligned with the CT Common Core for Kindergarten literacy and mathematics.
  2. Applying the standards of Universal Design to analyze a preschool or kindergarten classroom to determine whether or not it is effective and conducive to learning for all children including those who have disabilities and/or those who are dual language learners.
  3. Discuss the processes of how preschoolers and kindergarteners most effectively learn through interactions with their environment and caregivers.
  4. Apply preschool/kindergarten learning theories to the curriculum cycle including engaging and supportive interactions.
  5. Design and discuss instructional strategies for supporting children who have special needs and/or those children who are dual language learners.
  6. Design and discuss strategies for engaging parents in a reciprocal relationship with the teacher, classroom, center and/or school.
  7. Discuss appropriate and effective classroom management techniques for preschoolers/kindergartners.
  8. Discuss appropriate and effective uses of technology in the preschool/kindergarten classroom.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)
Weight

Discussions (11 @ 18pts each)

32%

Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Principles (Week 3)

10%

Universal Design Paper (Week 5)

13%

Investigations Curriculum Project Unit

35%

Family Engagement Plan

10%

Total

100%

Required Text(s)

  • Bredekamp, Sue. Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation. 3rd ed. Pearson Education, Inc. 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-395670-2

Additional Resources

Journal articles, online materials, etc. maybe required on a weekly basis. They will be posted in Blackboard.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignment(s)

1

3

Early Childhood, the Profession

  • Textbook - Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapters 1 & 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in one Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Begin working on DAP paper (Due Week 3)
  • Begin work on team investigations curriculum (due week 12)
  • Schedule Universal Design Visits
  • Begin working on Universal Design paper (due week 5)

2

1,3,4,5

Developmentally appropriate principles and practices

  • Textbook -Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in one Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue working on DAP paper (Due Week 3)
  • Continue working on team investigations curriculum project (due week 12)
  • Begin Universal Design visits for paper (due week 5)
33

The Children

  • Textbook -Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in one Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit DAP paper
  • Continue working on Universal Design (Due Week 5)
  • Continue working on team investigations curriculum project (due week 12)

4

2,3,5,7

Creating a caring learning communtiy

  • Textbook -Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapters 8 & 9
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in one Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue working on Universal Design paper (Due Week 5)
  • Continue working on team investigations curriculum project (due week 12)

5

1,4,5

Curriculum cycle

  • Textbook -Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapters 10 & 11
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in one Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Universal Design paper
  • Continue working on team investigations curriculum project (due week 12)
62,4,5

Impact of cultural diversity and inclusion on intentional and explicit instruction

  • Textbook -Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapters 5 & 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in one Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue working on team investigations curriculum project (due week 12)
  • Begin Working on Family Engagement Plan (Due week 12)
71,4,5,8

A Triad of State Initiatives

  • No textbook reading this week.
  • Participate in one Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue working on team investigations curriculum and presentation project (due week 12)
  • Continue working on Family Engagement Plan (Due week 12)
8

1

Language, literacy and creative expression

  • Textbook -Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapter 12
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in one Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue working on team investigations curriculum and presentation project (due week 12)
  • Continue working on Family Engagement Plan (Due week 12)
9

1,2,3

Physical development, health and safety

  • Textbook -Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapter 15
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in one Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue working on team investigations curriculum and presentation project (due week 12)
  • Continue working on Family Engagement Plan (Due week 12)
101,3,4,5,8

Cognitive development including math and science

  • Textbook -Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapter 13
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in one Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue working on team investigations curriculum project (due week 12)
  • Continue working on Family Engagement Plan (Due week 12)
111,3,4,5,7

Social and emotional development, social studies and classroom management

  • Textbook -Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapter 14
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in one Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue working on team investigations curriculum project (due week 12)
  • Continue working on Family Engagement Plan (Due week 12)
121-8

Putting it altogether for children and families

  • Textbook - Effective Practices in ECE
    • Chapters 7 & 16
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in one Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Family Engagement Plan
  • Submit Investigations Curriculum and present to group

Current as of: October 27, 2017

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