Creating Effective Learning Environments

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Cengage Learning, 2004 - Education - 238 pages
Curriculum needs to be based on the strengths and needs of children. This information is gathered through careful observation and documentation and is one of the cornerstones of curriculum development. The purpose of this text is to take curriculum development to another level: to fill the gap between theory and practice. This text will help students to look at curriculum from the perspective of the child and to understand how that perspective is linked to learning and theory. This book is a documentation of individuals and groups of children learning over time. Each curriculum discussion starts with the real experiences that children have had. From these experiences, pertinent theory is woven in, explained and expanded.

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About the Authors xvii
Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Play 8
Materials 16
References 21
Lighting 31
Key Points 38
Functional Play with Tools 48
References 42
Student Activities 119
Role of the Teacher 135
Observation and Documentation Techniques 151
Set Up for Creative Arts 165
Value of Creative Arts 165
Role of the Teacher 188

Value of Sand Play 52
International Considerations 60
Value of Water Play 73
Developmental Levels of Music
Value of Music 90
International Considerations 96
Set Up for Block Play 108
1 Math and Science 194
Value of Math and Science 203
Student Activities 208
Role of the Teacher 217
Sand Play 43

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