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Theory and Approach in Early Childhood Classrooms.

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Teresa McGrew

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Transcript of Theory and Approach in Early Childhood Classrooms.

Howard Gardner
Creative Curriculum
Project Approach
Theory and Approach in Early Childhood Classrooms.
Lev Vygotsky

Howard Gardner believed that not all people learn in the same way. Some people need to learn with more of a hands on approach while others are able to learn by listening. Presenting the materials to children in a way they will learn best.
Lev Vygotsky was a Russian Psychologist who believed there was a strong bond between social interaction and cognitive development
Creative Curriculum

Is a classroom instruction based on observing and documenting what children do and say.
Project approach
Children are able to investigate in their environment. This approach can be happening with just a few children in a classroom or with the whole class, each child is able to investigate at his or her own pace.
Levels of Intelligence

Logical/ Mathematical
Music/ Rhythmic
spatial/ visual
When teachers teach to the whole child and give them activities at many levels to allow each child to learn in the best way they can we are teaching children to be life long learners and not teaching to the test.
When teachers teach to the whole child
allowing them to learn the way the way
they learn best we are teaching our
children to be life long learners and
not simply teaching to the test. They
will retain more information if they are
able to experience their education.
The Creative Curriculum
applies Gardner's theory by showing teachers how to provide opportunities for children to experience their special talents and strengths(Dodge2009)
Vygotsky believes
children learn best when interacting with other children and adults.
Children learn from each
other while working on
projects together. The
teachers main job is to
set up the area and
observe and take notes
to improve the classroom.

The Creative Curriculum
The Creative Curriculum

Framework consists of five components
The Framework
has the base of the theorist like
Gardner and Vygotsky
The outer area represents the factors
in a child's environment
The middle section is the interest areas
The outside of the framework
gives you all the components
to setting up a classroom

The middle section of framework shows the eleven interest areas that will show up in a classroom
The project approach
is the backbone of
children and teachers
learning experiences

Gardner and Vygotsky
can both be seen in
this curriculm
Using the Project Approach
teachers hold meetings with children
to see what they would like to learn, and what they already know about
a subject. This approach gives children a chance to dig as deep into
an area as they would like.
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