Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education (7e) : 9780134747675
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Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education (7e)

By Marjorie J. Kostelnik, Anne K. Soderman, Alice Phipps Whiren, Michelle L. Rupiper
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For curriculum in early childhood education courses.

Help future teachers create the best programs for young children ages three through eight.

Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education is an all-in-one guide that brings together everything pre-service teachers need to implement an integrated, developmental approach to curriculum-based instruction.

The 7th Edition addresses all aspects of classroom life–conceptualisation, planning, implementation, and evaluation–for children ages three through eight. This comprehensive, cohesive approach emphasises the “how” of curriculum development, as well as the “what and why.” With practical, research-based guidelines, sample activities and lesson plans for each curriculum domain, and a focus on teaching methods, readers have the tools they need to translate theory into age-appropriate practice that accommodates individual, social, and cultural differences.

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Table of contents
  • Part 1: Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • 1. Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • 2. Teaching and Learning in Developmentally Appropriate Programs
  • Part 2: Setting the Stage for Learning
  • 3. Planning and Implementing Effective Small-Group Activities
  • 4. Planning and Implementing Effective Group-Time Activities
  • 5. Organizing Space and Materials
  • 6. Child Guidance in Early Childhood Classrooms
  • 7. Assessing and Evaluating Children’s Learning
  • 8. Strengthening Developmentally Appropriate Programs Through Family Engagement
  • Part 3: The Curriculum
  • 9. The Aesthetic Domain
  • 10. The Affective Domain
  • 11. The Cognitive Domain
  • 12. The Language Domain
  • 13. The Physical Domain
  • 14. The Social Domain
  • Part 4: Integrating Curriculum
  • 15. Integrating Curriculum Through Pretend and Construction Play
  • 16. Organizing Children’s Learning Over Time
  • Appendix A: Sample Lesson Plans
  • Appendix B: Field Trips
  • Appendix C: The Big, Big Turnip
Features & benefits
  • Specific guidelines focus on teaching strategies and methods readers can use to conceptualise, plan, implement, and evaluate their curriculum.
  • Six domain-oriented curriculum chapters–aesthetic, affective, cognitive, language, physical, and social–address the national developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) standards.
  • Sample application activities and lesson plans are provided for each domain, offering pre-service teachers concrete examples they can use in their own classrooms.
  • Chapter content is aligned with NAEYC Early Childhood Standards for Professional Preparation Programs to help students connect standards of professionalism to classroom practice.
  • A wider range of state early learning standards are incorporated throughout the text to show learners examples of curricular goals across the nation.
  • More thorough coverage of STEM skills helps readers learn how to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts and activities throughout the curriculum.
  • Three hundred new citations and updated references keep readers abreast of current practices and research literature.
  • Technology Toolkit features provide specific ideas of how educators can use new technology to support developmentally appropriate practice.
  • DAP: Making Goals Fit features illustrate how to implement goals for children of different age ranges or abilities, while keeping in mind the individual needs and the socio-cultural background of the children.
  • Inclusion features offer stories and examples of the actions early childhood educators need to take to successfully include specific students and meet their goals.
  • Applying What You’ve Read sections give students the opportunity to extend their understanding of chapter content to their professional lives.