Innovations: The Comprehensive Toddler Curriculum. A Self-Directed Teacher's Guide

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Gryphon House, Inc., 2001 - Education - 128 pages
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This self-directed teacher's guide accompanies "Innovations," a comprehensive, interactive curriculum for toddlers from 18 to 36 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 Toddler 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) "Construction Possibilities; (19) "Literacy Possibilities"; (20) "Music and 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 Can I Continue Professional Development"; and (38) "Completion of Training." An 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 innovations The Comprehensive Toddler 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
Curiosity Possibilities 47
64
Prop Boxes
66
Picture FileVocabulary
68
Books
71
RhymesFingerplays
73
MusicSongs
75
Toys and Materials gathered and bought
77
Using Anecdotal Observations
79

Innovations in Teaching
26
Innovations in Parent Partnerships
29
Innovations in Environments
31
Activities and Experiences
34
Webbing
37
Planning Pages 39
41
Dramatic Possibilities
43
Sensory and Art Possibilities
45
Parent Participation Possibilities 59
61
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 ofTraining
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.