She has taught preschool, kindergarten, and first, second, and third grades for twenty-eight years both in the United States and internationally. Field-Testing the Frameworks Several early childhood professionals graciously agreed to share their experiences with planning for play, observation, and learning in their preschool and kindergarten classrooms. It is exciting to imagine how children will be the beneficiaries of such intentional and reflective planning. She is also the author of Developmentally Appropriate Play, Focused Early Learning, Make Early Learning Standards Come Alive, and co-author of Focused Portfolios, Focused Observations, and Early Learning Standards and Staff Development. They represent a variety of programs around the country.
Armed with this information, teachers can then plan curriculum that is individualized for each child, meeting each child where he is and helping him grow and learn from that point. Teacher intentionality is defined as facilitating learning through play experiences as well as teacher-led group times. Practical application techniques help teachers create a cycle of planning and observation as they use a play-based curriculum to help young children thrive in the classroom. This is a must-have book for pre-service to experienced teachers, as well as administrators. In using the word teacher, I mean to include any adult who works with young children. They ask if playtime should be reduced so that more academic learning can be the focus. Those roles include setting up the environment for play, allowing ample time for high-level play to develop, and acting as play facilitators.
And governors across the country have implemented pre-K public prekindergarten programs and full-day kindergartens as ways of closing the achievement gap and providing children with equal opportunities to flourish. First, there are cautions to consider when implementing early learning standards. Learning goals for play areas -- Appendix C. The frameworks are inherently practical and simple to use, yet, thought-provoking. Moreover, the connection between joy and learning is emphasized.
This is a must-have book for pre-service to experienced teachers, as well as administrators. She is the author of six books. With step-by-step guidance and planning forms to nurture children's joy of learning, this book will help you Incorporate learning goals into daily routines and group activities Support child-led, high-level, developmentally appropriate play Write lesson plans that are intentional, child-focused, and responsive Assess children in ways that show what they are learning and how they are applying skills Identify and communicate the type of learning that occurs as children play Gaye Gronlund is an early childhood education consultant who trains early childhood educators across the country. With intentional planning frameworks, this resource provides teachers with tools and strategies to organize and develop curriculum around high-level, purposeful play. The frameworks are inherently practical and simple to use, yet, thought-provoking. Teaching in this way is hard work! Teachers are held accountable for helping children achieve preschool and kindergarten standards that define expected performance—not only in the social domain but in other domains as well.
The E-mail message field is required. I also think it is challenging. I have taught in a variety of early childhood settings: a cooperative nursery school, a university laboratory school, a Head Start program, special education preschool classrooms, and a public school kindergarten. Unfortunately, inadequate wages still prevail for many early educators, but this may shift as the role of a preschool or kindergarten teacher is seen as more important in our society. And those domains are more traditionally academic in nature—literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies.
With the emphasis on play as how children can learn most successfully, this book provides both the argument and a how-to guide for successful implementation. In addition, more public and political attention is now focused on early childhood education. The program is a nonprofit preschool, enrolling children two to five years old, and has been serving working low-income families since 1919. There are many ways to incorporate early learning standards without giving up the best approaches for teaching young children. Teaching young children is rocket science! You will see comments from these early childhood professionals throughout the chapters and learn more about their successes and challenges with the planning process.
Teachers are always more effective when they tap into this natural love of learning rather than dividing work and enjoyment. Preschool and kindergarten children are active learners. They feel they must push back against pressures for inappropriate early educational experiences for young children. Practical application techniques help teachers create a cycle of planning and observation as they use a play-based curriculum to help young children thrive in the classroom. They can be part of daily routines such as snack, arrival and departure, bathroom time, and transitions. The implications for using this powerful tool are far-reaching. Play is an important vehicle for learning in the early years.
The frameworks presented in this book come originally from my book Focused Early Learning: A Planning Framework for Teaching Young Children Gronlund 2003. It is exciting to imagine how children will be the beneficiaries of such intentional and reflective planning. The field of early childhood education has strong, research-based guidelines for best practices in curriculum and assessment, as outlined in the third edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice Copple and Bredekamp 2009. Copple and Bredekamp 2009, 50 Embracing developmentally appropriate practices does not mean teachers of preschoolers and kindergartners need to give up the fun in teaching this age group. Watching demonstrations or listening to lectures is not their primary mode for taking in new information.
Gaye Gronlund is an early childhood education consultant who trains early childhood educators across the country. This how-to resource provides four planning and reflecting frameworks to help you bring engaging experiences into your classroom. The planning and reflection frameworks provide teachers with the guidance they need to observe their students and plan individual and group teaching goals. The best ways to intentionally plan for young children's learning Learning can happen during every minute of a child's day when you plan and teach with intention. With intentional planning frameworks, this resource provides teachers with tools and strategies to organize and develop curriculum around high-level, purposeful play. Everyone must understand the purpose of standards: they are reasonable expectations to serve as curricular goals. The implications for using this powerful tool are far-reaching.
Teachers of preschool and kindergarten children often combine a variety of curricular approaches and strategies that fall under the general heading of developmentally appropriate practices. For ten of those years, she has served as cochair of the preprimary department. The importance of the early years is addressed routinely in the media with articles and reports about the long-term benefits of high-quality early childhood programs and the latest research in brain development. In addition, they can be used in family child care settings as well as child care centers and nursery schools. She is the author of six books. The Value of Play As I work with teachers, I hear them raise concerns about the multiple expectations to which they are held accountable. Practical application techniques help teachers create a cycle of planning and observation as they use a play-based curriculum to help young children thrive in the classroom.