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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the Education 106: Introduction to Early Childhood Education course
- History & Theories of Early Childhood Education
- Typical & Atypical Early Childhood Development
- Programs & Curriculum for Early Childhood Education
- Social & Cognitive Development in Infants & Toddlers
- Instructional Strategies for Early Childhood Education
- Student Diversity & Equality
- Student Assessment & Developmentally Appropriate Practices
- Family & Community Involvement in Childhood Education
- Professional Development & Organizations in Early Childhood Education
- Studying for Education 106