This workshop/laboratory course examines the principles of planning, implementing and assessing play-based programs, which demonstrate sound educational philosophy and research. An integrated approach to ECE curriculum is used.
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Children approach curriculum from a holistic perspective, which includes opportunities and experiences that promote: physical, emotional, social, intellectual and language development.
- Children learn from interactions, materials and activities, which are concrete, authentic and relevant to their experiences.
- Play is the medium through which learning activities are presented to children, because play promotes both self-initiated and self-directed learning and provides opportunities for growth and learning across developmental levels, interests and abilities.
- To meet the needs of all children in the group, learning abilities are adapted from a wide range of developmental levels, interests and abilities.
- To gain understanding about developmentally appropriate practice and to plan and implement curriculum, the early childhood educator learns best by:
- acting on the materials to explore their relevance and potentiality
- trying his/her ideas with children
- observing and documenting children’s behaviours as they explore materials and activities
- collaborating in the planning, implementing and assessing of learning experiences with children, colleagues and parents.
- Studio Experiences
Means of Assessment
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.
- Student Projects
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Take an integrated, emergent approach to the design and implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children.
- Develop curriculum based on careful observation of the children’s interests, abilities and backgrounds.
- Promote curriculum experiences and projects that are co-constructed with children.
- Use developmentally appropriate materials and supplies that are natural, authentic and open-ended in curriculum projects and activities.
- Implement curriculum that promotes sensory exploration and concept development appropriate to the age of the child.
- In planning curriculum, use knowledge of child growth and development in a holistic way.
- Develop curriculum that is play-based and includes all children.
- Utilize documentation of children’s experiences and learning to communicate with other children, parents, teachers and the community.