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Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (Grades N - 3)

This course assists students in setting a framework for planning and developing curriculum based on the principles of growth and development, areas of knowledge, and their own values. Using this framework for decision making, students examine issues and questions that emerge when creating the physical and social learning environment. Opportunities offered by particular materials, activities, and disciplines are explored. Emphasis is given to social studies, viewed as the core of an integrated curriculum. It is also the catalyst for cultivation of democratic values and practices and the principal means by which the curriculum is connected to the diversity of the children's worlds - family, culture, neighborhood, and extended environment. Curriculum as a primary means of motivation, communication, and classroom management is examined. Theory and practice are interwoven as students plan, develop, and reflect on a variety of curricular experiences that meet the diverse needs of children from nursery through third grade.