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Planning & Facilitating Early Learning - Chapter Summary
Examine the basics of planning and facilitating early learning using this chapter's fun lessons. Developed by top instructors, these lessons make it easy to comprehend topics like curriculum planning, integrated curriculum, the role of play in cognitive development and how to encourage expressive play and performance. Review these lessons at your own pace. When finished, you will be able to do the following:
- Define curriculum in early childhood education
- Explain how educators can develop measurable learning objectives and select developmentally appropriate curriculum
- List teaching strategies and quality materials for instructional planning
- Detail how educators select and adapt materials to meet student needs
- Identify and describe the characteristics and elements of effective lesson plans
- Describe the materials and resources that benefit an early childhood classroom
- Discuss how to extend and connect learning beyond the classroom
- Share ways educators can incorporate flexible grouping in the classroom
Select the lessons you'd like to review based on your desire to refresh or expand your knowledge of ways to plan and facilitate early learning. Navigate those lessons in any order and as often as you'd like until you're confident you fully comprehend the materials. If you develop questions while studying this chapter, feel free to submit them to our experts via the Dashboard. Before the day of your test, be sure to check your knowledge of the lessons by taking mini-quizzes and a chapter exam.
1. What is Curriculum in Early Childhood Education?
We often hear about the importance of getting children off to a strong start via solid early childhood education. This lesson will introduce you to the meaning of curriculum in the context of early childhood.
2. What is Curriculum Planning?
A good understanding of curriculum planning is essential for good teaching. This lesson will help you learn what curriculum planning is, give you a sense of why it's important, and help you get ready to plan your own curriculum.
3. Developing Measurable Learning Objectives
This lesson provides a brief overview of the purpose of learning objectives and how to make them useful to you and the students. We use the SMART learning objective formula to demonstrate accountability using examples.
4. How to Select Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
Choosing material that is both age and skill level appropriate can be tricky for any teacher. This article explains the concept behind selecting appropriate curriculum and shares methods of determining levels.
5. Integrated Curriculum: Definition, Benefits & Examples
Have you ever wondered what and how an integrated curriculum works? Learn about this hot topic that is shaping how teachers teach and students learn in the classroom.
6. Instructional Planning: Quality Materials & Strategies
Teachers need multiple resources and methods in order to effectively plan instruction. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of quality instructional materials and teaching strategies.
7. How to Select & Adapt Materials to Meet Student Needs
Many classrooms include diverse learners of differing levels, cultures, and language abilities. In this lesson, we'll examine how to select and adapt materials to help teachers differentiate, or offer support to varying student needs.
8. Effective Lesson Plans: Characteristics & Elements
Writing lesson plans can be an overwhelming task at times. This lesson provides a guide to effective lesson planning. Learn about techniques, examples, and how to build a plan that benefits the educator and students.
9. Materials & Resources for an Early Childhood Classroom
In this lesson, we will learn about providing useful and appropriate resources to students in an early childhood classroom. We will identify the types of resources that can be beneficial, and we will see how they can be used to enhance learning for all students.
10. Extending & Connecting Learning Beyond the Classroom
This lesson details how teachers can create authentic learning that connects with communities and practices outside the educational setting and gives examples of what this looks like in the classroom.
11. Incorporating Flexible Grouping in the Classroom
One of the most common ways to differentiate instruction to meet student needs is through flexible grouping. This lesson defines flexible grouping and details several ways you can incorporate it into your classroom.
12. The Role of Play in Cognitive Development
When we think of childhood, we often think of playing. But did you know that playing is vital to a child's healthy development? In this lesson, we will learn about the various types of play that aid a child's cognitive growth.
13. Encouraging Expressive Play & Performance
Children in the classroom can be encouraged to express themselves and explore their personalities through play and performance. This lesson discusses ways to encourage expression through dramatic play and performance in the classroom.
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Other chapters within the FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 (053): Practice & Study Guide course
- Early Childhood Growth & Development
- External Factors in Childhood Development
- Developmental Theories of Learning
- Federal & State Laws on Education
- Early Childhood Education Professional Organizations & Trends
- Developmentally Appropriate Practices & the Classroom
- Student Guidance & Behavioral Management
- Using Assessment & Evaluation in Teaching
- Utilizing Technology in the Classroom
- Family & Community Involvement in Early Education
- Subject-Specific Teaching Strategies
- Serving the Educational Needs of Diverse Populations
- Literacy Instruction in the Classroom
- Emergent Literacy in the Classroom
- Literacy in Early Education
- Teaching Comprehension & Vocabulary
- Writing Processes & Development
- Early Childhood Mathematics Instruction
- Early Childhood Math Concepts
- Early Childhood Science Instruction
- Basics of Physical & Earth Sciences
- Basic Concepts in Life Science
- Social Studies in Early Education