Investigate learning theory, program planning, and tools for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills and growth in young children (birth-age 8). 5 lecture hours. May be used as a general elective in the AA degree.
- Explain major early childhood curriculum theories and current trends such as theme-based, emergent, inquiry based, integrated and project approach.
- Use a variety of resources, including WA State Guidelines, program standards, and National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Developmentally Appropriate Practice principles to plan curriculum.
- Create curriculum which supports children’s language/communication, cognitive social/emotional, fine/gross motor, and creative development.
- Plan developmentally appropriate activities and schedules which promote child growth and learning.
- Observe, document and assess individual and group needs, interests and skills for the purpose of curriculum planning and on-going modifications of plans.