A Guide for Supervisors and Trainers on Implementing the Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood

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Teaching Strategies, Jan 1, 1993 - Education - 240 pages
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This guide is designed for early childhood educators who are helping their staffs implement the Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood, a curriculum that is based on child development theory and is developmentally appropriate for preschool and kindergarten children. A carefully organized and rich environment serves as the focus of this curriculum. Part 1 of the guide contains three sections discussing respectively: (1) reasons for introducing the new curriculum; (2) support and encouragement of staff development during curriculum implementation; and (3) the use of classroom visits by supervisors as a way to provide technical assistance to staff and to fine-tune the program. Part 2 offers workshop outlines and handouts for conducting staff development sessions. This part contains 12 sections, the first of which suggests workshop strategies for trainers while the second outlines a workshop that provides staff with an understanding and appreciation of the curriculum's child development focus. The following 10 sections each describe workshops devoted to a particular topic: (1) blocks; (2) house corner (dramatic play); (3) table toys; (4) art; (5) sand and water; (6) the library; (7) music and movement; (8) cooking; (9) computers; and (10) the outdoors. Each workshop emphasizes the value of its topic area to child development through exercises, activities, discussions, and handouts. Two appendices provide a copy of the Creative Curriculum Self-Assessment and Observation Form, and staff development forms. (TJQ)

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Contents

Introducing the Curriculum
3
Working with Staff
18
Classroom Visits
28
Workshops on the Creative Curriculum
53
Workshop Strategies
55
Setting the Stage Workshops
58
Block Workshops
84
House Corner Workshops
97
Sand and Water Workshops
137
Library Workshops
145
Music and Movement Workshops
155
Cooking Workshops
172
Computer Workshops
185
Outdoor Workshops
196
Appendices
211
A Creative Curriculum SelfAssessment and Observation Form
213

Table Toy Workshops
113
Art Workshops
125
B Staff Development Forms
235
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