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Curriculum Unit Plan

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Curriculum Unit Plan
Tiffany Weed
ECE203: Intro to Cur & Inst for the Early Child Classroom
Instructor: Melanie Heyl
December 16, 2014

“Regardless of type, all knowledge ultimately consists of basic concepts, or schema, a term originally coined by psychologist Jean Piaget”. Jean describes schema as describing specific things like what something looks like are maybe the shape of something. It will help children with modifying concepts. “As their thinking becomes more sophisticated, they apply knowledge of concrete patterns to more abstract concepts and ideas—the essence of understanding the predictability and rhythms of phenomena, social interactions, and behavior” (Jaruszewicz, 2013).
The older children get the more they will learn. “Many of the studies seem to confirm Vygotsky’s theories about the importance of symbolic representation and learning as a scaffolded process” (Jaruszewicz, 2013). This unit aligns to Piaget theory. The unit describes more about how Piaget looks at how children learn and play. Alignment is rooted in the belief that instructional plans are established through outcomes-based content goals and the goal of assuring that delivery and assessment are congruent.

Introduction
We will be learning what it takes to plan a curriculum when it comes to a specific age. The importance on how much teachers need to have that family connections as well so between the teacher and parents can both be able to help the child grow and learn. There will also be templates to show the steps on how to plan assessment. Children playing is important for their physical will being. Children are our future so we need to make sure that we teach the best we can. Setting up areas for the children will help them learn direction and help them use their brains.

The developmental age is 3-5 year olds that the unit plan is designed for. Working with the younger ones is what I have always wanted to do. Seen their face light up when they learn and get something right will make the teacher feel like they did a good job. Learning about the children and understanding them will help the teacher when it come to them planning their curriculum. Children learning will help us have people in the future to lead us and guide us. 3-5 years old is a good age to teach the colors, and shapes. Directions is another thing that they should learn at this age.

The classroom or care setting is not just a place where children will develop and learn: it's also a laboratory for your continued learning and development. Several ideas can guide you in this journey: The way you approach teaching emerges from the way you experienced learning but is not bound by it” (Jaruszewicz, 2013). Each classroom management has their own merits and weakness. Teachers are all different and will use their own theories to support their own philosophy of education and classroom management style. Teachers should manage the classroom by foreseeing and preventing problems and by taking care if problems do come about. “Many factors motivate children's behavior and the decisions they make, and a "one size fits all" approach to classroom management is neither universally effective nor considered developmentally appropriate (Copple & Bredekamp, 2009; Kohn, 1999)”.
In classroom management behavior is firmly established by practice. Teachers can use functioning conditioning to produce desired behavior outcomes. Classroom management is very important to be able to run a smooth classroom. The nature of classroom management and classroom instruction is especially easy to see from a student’s perspective they will see the classroom different than the teacher.

Curriculum is at the heart of education. Investigate secondary school curriculum with this wealth of information, resources, and lesson plans for each subject area across the curriculum. Curriculum is not standardized throughout the nation or even throughout each state. Often a curriculum is only loosely joined together, with students far better acquainted with its scope and sequence than the educators who teach it. “They plan and orchestrate activities according to each child's unique but predictable learning timetable and needs. Montessori teachers see themselves as facilitators or directors of learning who maintain a low profile as they move around the classroom” (Jaruszewicz, 2013).
First step in a curriculum approach is for the teachers to share their curriculum with other teachers in the school. They can do this by doing up a curriculum chart that as all the topics listed on this paper chart. To ensure the integrity of their curriculum teachers are encouraged to go back to their curriculum documents. Teachers should do this often so if they forget something they can look back on their document to see what needs to be done.
Curriculum is at the heart of education. Investigate secondary school curriculum with this wealth of information, resources, and lesson plans for each subject area across the curriculum. Curriculum is not standardized throughout the nation or even throughout each state. Often a curriculum is only loosely joined together, with students far better acquainted with its scope and sequence than the educators who teach it. “They plan and orchestrate activities according to each child's unique but predictable learning timetable and needs. Montessori teachers see themselves as facilitators or directors of learning who maintain a low profile as they move around the classroom” (Jaruszewicz, 2013).

First step in a curriculum approach is for the teachers to share their curriculum with other teachers in the school. They can do this by doing up a curriculum chart that as all the topics listed on this paper chart. To ensure the integrity of their curriculum teachers are encouraged to go back to their curriculum documents. Teachers should do this often so if they forget something they can look back on their document to see what needs to be done.
There will be specific technology that will be used in classrooms. The technology that will be used will help each and every child with their school work. Different areas will have specific sections that will help the child’s mind grow. The main goal will be to help the child with their developmental knowledge.
“While, before the advent of interactive technologies, the NAEYC has always promoted a developmentally appropriate stance, there were concerns among many early childhood educators who felt pressured to use software-based programs with young children” (Jaruszewicz, 2013). “Similarly, teachers who had undergone more field placements reported stronger beliefs about DAP. Teachers' own definitions and principles of developmentally appropriate/inappropriate practice were examined” (Kim, Hae Kyoung, 2011).

Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Welcome to kindergarten. My name is Tiffany Weed and I have been teaching for a little while. I am looking forward to help your child learn and grow with education.
My goal as an educator is to lead your child to academic success and to help build their critical thinking that will help them grow in young men and young women. I will do my part to inform you when your child isn't working to his potential and/or involvement in disruptive class behavior. I am dedicated to the well-being of your child and I need your cooperation in helping him reach his potential. Please feel free to contact me at my cell phone number if it is an emergency at 330-691-0979 or by email tweed3030@gmail.com with any concerns regarding your child's academic success. The best time to reach me are: in the evening after 7.
The curriculum we will be working on is colors, shapes, and numbers. The purpose of the unit is to help teach your children how to tell colors apart and what the different shapes are by showing pictures. We will also be helping them learn how to count so they can tell you how old they are. The objective of the unit is to help your child grow and learn how to tell things apart by going over it with them over and over again. Please help your child at home by going over flash cards with numbers on them. And maybe pick up their toys and ask them what color is on the toy. Find different shapes at home and ask them if they can tell you what shape that is. Please make sure to help your child with the work especially if they ask you for help.

Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Welcome to kindergarten. My name is Tiffany Weed and I have been teaching for a little while. I am looking forward to help your child learn and grow with education.
My goal as an educator is to lead your child to academic success and to help build their critical thinking that will help them grow in young men and young women. I will do my part to inform you when your child isn't working to his potential and/or involvement in disruptive class behavior. I am dedicated to the well-being of your child and I need your cooperation in helping him reach his potential. Please feel free to contact me at my cell phone number if it is an emergency at 330-691-0979 or by email tweed3030@gmail.com with any concerns regarding your child's academic success. The best time to reach me are: in the evening after 7.


Conclusion
There is a lot that come from setting up a curriculum unit plan. Teachers use different curriculums depending on the age of the child. Teachers needs to use specific areas of learning for the children. We even learned how to write a letter to the parents. It is always best to stay in communication with the parents as well. They need to be keep update so they know how to help their children at home. We learn what it takes to teach children and have a good curriculum. What I have learned from this course will definitely help me in the future.

References
The Early Childhood Direction Center, 2006. Retrieved from: http://www.ou.edu/cwtraining/assets/pdf/handouts/2010/Developmental%20Checklists%20from%20syracuse%20university.pdf
Early Learning and Development Standards. Retrieved from: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Early-Learning-Content-Standards
Jaruszewicz, C. (2013). Curriculum and methods for early childhood educators. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Copple, C., & Bredekamp, S. (Eds.) (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs serving children from birth through age 8. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Kim, Hae Kyoung, SRATE Journal, v20 n2 p12-22 Sum 2011. 11 pp. Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) as Defined and Interpreted by Early Childhood Preservice Teachers: Beliefs about DAP and Influences of Teacher Education and Field Experience Retrieved from: http://web.b.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=3&sid=8949ea07-12c5-4f9f-b875-399d17dd6a6f%40sessionmgr111&hid=128&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPWlwLGNwaWQmY3VzdGlkPXM4ODU2ODk3JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=eric&AN=EJ959525

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