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ISBN-10 013502692XISBN-13 9780135026922
ISBN-10 0135026903ISBN-13 9780135026908
Author(s): Eva Moravcik; Sherry Nolte; Stephanie Feeney
Publisher: Merrill
Copyright year: © 2013 Pages: 528

Curriculum for Young Children–Making it Meaningful, Making it Joyful! is a practical, readable, and comprehensive text for early childhood curriculum courses, with a focus on preschool and early primary grades. It is unique in that it combines a child-centered, child-friendly approach with a focus on meaningful subject area and field-tested content. In this, it demonstrates intellectual integrity, sensitivity to children, and practical resources for providing educational support to children. It uses a direct, positive voice that engages students.

It begins with three chapters that give an overview of early childhood curriculum, planning, and curriculum integration. The remainder of the book consists of 12 chapters focusing on curriculum in four domains: physical (large motor, fine motor, sensory), creative arts (art, music, creative movement), communication (language, literacy, literature), and inquiry (math, science, and social studies). Each chapter explores the value of the curriculum area, describes its relationship to child development, explains the theory, structure and content of the discipline, and clarifies its connection to early learning standards. A discussion of ways to teach each subject through play in a planned environment, teacher-child interaction, and planned activities is included in each chapter. An example of a planned activity, a week’s plan, and an example of the curriculum area in an integrated study is included. Finally, there is a brief section that gives an example of how children with special needs can be included in this curriculum area and addresses considerations for working with primary school age children.