Innovations: The Comprehensive Toddler Curriculum : a Complete, Interactive Curriculum for Toddlers from 18 to 36 Months

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Gryphon House, Inc., 2000 - Education - 608 pages
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Based on the view that curricula for young children should involve thinking and planning for everything that can contribute to child development and the teacher's relationship with the child and the family, this book details a comprehensive, interactive curriculum for toddlers 18 to 36 months. Following an introductory chapter presenting the curriculum model and discussing the curriculum planning process, Chapters 2 through 7 each address a major developmental challenge: making the transition to school, making friends, exploring roles, communicating with others, solving problems, and expressing feelings. Within each chapter, the book presents innovations in: (1) observation/assessment, including suggestions for ensuring developmentally appropriate practice and giving feedback to parents about developmental growth; (2) child development, explaining the underlying theory and principles of content knowledge; (3) interactive experiences, listing the types of experiences that teachers must observe, plan, support, and provide; (4) teaching, including the teacher's role in supporting parents, suggestions for self-evaluation, and suggested readings; (5) parent partnerships, giving examples of school-initiated possibilities and parent participation possibilities; (6) environments, focusing on providing an environment to meet toddlers' unique needs; and (7) related curriculum activities plans, called Possibilities Plans, including a concept web, concepts learned, and suggested resources. Activities are included in the following areas: dramatic arts, sensory/arts, curiosity, construction, literacy, music, movement, outdoor, projects, and parent participation. (Contains 94 references.) (KB)
 

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Contents

Introduction
13
Chapter 2Transitioning to School
37
Innovations in Parent Partnerships
58
Parent Participation Possibilities I I I
111
Making Friends
121
What Can Parents Do to Prevent
147
What Can Parents Do to Prevent
154
Oranges
194
and Early Education for Toddlers?The
311
How Toddlers Learn 3 18
318
Little Animals
347
Chapter 6ProblemSolving
367
Continuing to Support Independence
424
What If?
447
Expressing Feelings with
453
Water
507

shapes
202
Chapter 4Exploring Roles
215
Chapter 5Communicating with Parents
281
Origins of Intelligence in Children by J Piaget
308

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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.

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