The Comprehensive Infant Curriculum: A Self-directed Teacher's Guide

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Gryphon House, Inc., 2001 - Education - 128 pages
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This teacher's guide accompanies "Innovations," a comprehensive, interactive curriculum for infants from birth to 18 months. The "Innovations" program is based on the view that curricula for young children should involve thinking and planning for everything that can contribute to child development as well as the teacher's relationship with the child and family. The 38 learning modules are designed to be used by an individual teacher with the support of a mentor or supervisor and provide over 40 hours of professional development. The learning modules are: (1) "Welcome and Purpose of Training"; (2) "Get Acquainted with 'Innovations: The Comprehensive Infant Curriculum'"; (3) "Personal Goals for Training in Teacher's Guide"; (4) "Developmental Tasks"; (5) "Innovations in Observation/Assessment"; (6) "Innovations in Child Development"; (7) "Innovations in Interactive Experiences"; (8) "Innovations in Teaching"; (9) "Innovations in Parent Partnerships"; (10) "Innovations in Environments"; (11) "Activities and Experiences"; (12) "Webbing"; (13) "Planning Pages"; (14) "Possibilities"; (15) "Dramatic Possibilities"; (16) "Sensory and Art Possibilities"; (17) "Curiosity Possibilities"; (18) "Literacy Possibilities"; (19) "Music Possibilities"; (20) "Movement Possibilities"; (21) "Outdoor Possibilities"; (22) "Project Possibilities"; (23) "Parent Participation Possibilities"; (24) "Concepts Learned"; (25) "Resources"; (26) "Prop Boxes"; (27) "Picture File/Vocabulary"; (28) "Books"; (29) "Rhymes/Fingerplays"; (30) "Music/Songs"; (31) "Toys and Materials (Gathered and Bought); (32) "Using Anecdotal Observations"; (33) "Putting It All Together To Plan for Teaching"; (34) "How To Use Forms To Document Children's Learning, Events, and Interactions"; (35) "Conferencing with Parents"; (36) "How To Use Parent Postcards To Support Families"; (37) "How To Continue Professional Development"; and (38) "Completion of Training." The guide's appendix includes a self-evaluation checklist, the child observation/assessment form, and additional forms. (KB)
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Welcome and Purpose of Training
11
Get Acquainted with nnovotonsThe Comprehensive Infant Curriculum
13
Personal Goals for Training in Teachers Guide
14
Developmental Tasks
17
Innovations in ObservationAssessment
20
Innovations in Child Development
22
Innovations in Interactive Experiences
24
Project Possibilities
57
Parent Participation Possibilities
59
Concepts Learned
61
Resources
64
Prop Boxes
66
Picture FileVocabulary
68
Books
71
RhymesFingerplays
73

Innovations in Teaching
26
Innovations in Parent Partnerships
29
Innovations in Environments
31
Activities and Experiences
34
Webbing
37
Planning Pages
39
Possibilities
41
Dramatic Possibilities
43
Sensory and Art Possibilities
45
Curiosity Possibilities
47
Literacy Possibilities 49
53
Outdoor Possibilities
55
MusicSongs
75
Toys and Materials gathered and bought
77
Using Anecdotal Observations
79
Putting It All Together to Plan for Teaching
82
How to Use Forms to Document Childrens Learning Events and Interactions
84
Conferencing with Parents
86
How to Use Parent Postcards to Support Families
88
How to Continue Professional Development?
90
Completion of Training
92
Appendix
95
Index
121

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About the author (2001)

Kay Albrecht, Ph.D. is a senior partner in a consulting firm that specializes in working with businesses interested in family-friendly policies and in supporting early education. Dr. Albrecht is a nationally know speaker, the author of several books, and a contributing editor to Child Care Information Exchange. Linda Miller has been committed to the field of education for more than 25 years--as a classroom teacher, supervisor, federal projects director, trainer, corporate child care director, and curriculum developer. She is a nationally know speaker and a highly sought-after consultant to early childhood programs throughout the country.