Ch 5: Early Childhood Education for Preschool & Kindergarten

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The bite-sized lessons and mini quizzes in this chapter can help you learn about and assess your knowledge of early childhood education for preschool and kindergarten. Improve your ability to excel as a student, teacher, or educational professional by using these simple and effective learning tools.

Early Childhood Education for Preschool & Kindergarten - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to learn about the characteristics of students in preschool and kindergarten. Also, explore educational theories and methods that analyze and enhance student learning in early childhood. Short quizzes assess your comprehension of these and other topics covered in the lessons. If you hit a snag and need to clarify any concepts you don't fully understand, feel free to submit your questions to our experts. When finished with this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Discuss the characteristics, development and school readiness of preschoolers
  • Describe students and discuss current issues associated with kindergarten
  • Explain Montessori's theories, methods and contributions to education
  • Share details about Emilia's child-led approach to education
  • Detail the High/Scope educational approach and curriculum model
  • Provide an explanation of the Waldorf educational approach and curriculum model

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: Early Childhood Education for Preschool & Kindergarten
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The Pros & Cons of Day Care: Characteristics & Outcomes

1. The Pros & Cons of Day Care: Characteristics & Outcomes

Parents have many options for child care, including sending the child to day care. Watch this video to find out some of the advantages and disadvantages of sending a child to day care.

Preschoolers: Characteristics, Development & School Readiness

2. Preschoolers: Characteristics, Development & School Readiness

How are preschoolers different from other types of students? In this lesson, we'll look at preschoolers and what they're like, and see how their special characteristics can guide the classroom and curriculum decisions made by educators.

Kindergarten Education: Overview, Students & Issues

3. Kindergarten Education: Overview, Students & Issues

What's so special about kindergarten, and why should students attend this first year of primary school? This lesson reviews the history, requirements, and benefits of kindergarten in the United States.

Reggio Emilia Approach: Theory, Method & Examples

4. Reggio Emilia Approach: Theory, Method & Examples

With the multitude of educational approaches to choose from, it is hard to decipher one from another. This lesson reviews the Reggio Emilia Approach, including the principles and examples of methods.

Maria Montessori: Theory & Contributions to Education

5. Maria Montessori: Theory & Contributions to Education

Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori's unique approach to education has been influencing the field since the early 1900s. In this lesson, we will take a look at some of her innovative methods as well as evaluate her impact on modern education.

High/Scope Educational Approach: Theory & Curriculum Model

6. High/Scope Educational Approach: Theory & Curriculum Model

How can teachers engage students in learning through active exploration of their environment? In this lesson, we'll explore the constructivist High/Scope approach to early childhood education, including what it is and its five central tenets.

Waldorf Educational Approach: Theory & Curriculum Model

7. Waldorf Educational Approach: Theory & Curriculum Model

You may have heard of the Waldorf educational approach, but do you know what makes it unique? This lesson provides you with details about this whole-child approach to education, giving you a peek into a typical Waldorf classroom.

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