Philosophies, Theories, and Concepts
ECE 311 Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods
Prof. Terri Surrency
My goal for the future is to open my own in-home preschool and provide a positive and healthy learning experience to all that attend. I want to help guide and prepare our young children for their future in academics and life in general while having fun at the same time. My goals for the children are to teach them positive social skills, to be respectful to all people and things, to give them a voice and allow them to input their own ideas and opinions, give them a sense of pride and accomplishment to build self esteem, and to just love learning.
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Preschoolers don’t have the attention span to just sit and listen or to let the teachers do the work, they need to be hands on and experience and explore everything for themselves to truly understand it. I plan to encourage the children to relate the things they learn in the classroom to the real world. Being able to relate to subject matters personally makes it easier for them to understand. A progressive preschool helps encourages developmental growth through various activity times. Doing activities such as painting, coloring, or even playing with clay helps to build fine motor skills as well as hand –eye coordination. Interactive activities build such as sorting objects, exploring the concept of cause and effect, and simply observing nature helps to strengthen cognitive development. Group activities are not only fun but also teach children how to work with others, sharing, and problem solving skills. Allowing children to express themselves through art and music will help build self-esteem and creativity. I would have some structured art and music activities but also free choice activities. I think that sometimes just handing them a blank piece of paper and some crayons is when they really let their creative side show. This is also a great opportunity for them to express their ideas and feelings because sometimes it’s easer to draw them.
I would like to have a creative curriculum Classroom as well. “It is based on five research-based principles that draw heavily from the theories of Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, and Bronfenbrenner as well as recent research supportive of those foundational theorists: (1) Positive interaction and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning. (2) Social/emotional competence is a significant factor in school success. (3) Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning. (4)The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions (5) Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.” (Jaruszewicz, C.,2013, 2.3) I plan on having different stations for different types of play. I plan on using different themes to help teach the children things such as letters, numbers, social studies, science, art, writing, spelling, and math. For instance lets say I discovered that most of the children really like dogs. I would then do my lesson plan as follows: (letters) We would focus on the letter D, (numbers) I could have a page with dogs grouped together and they would count them, (social studies) we could talk about the different kinds of dogs and where they live, (science) we could compare the different kinds of dogs and discuss what makes them different from each other, (Art) make a collage picture of a dog using different shredded pieces of paper, (writing) On each worksheet I would provide opportunities for the child to trace letters and to also practice on their own, (spelling) when the children are practicing writing they will also be...