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Areas of Study | | EDUC240 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Program Planning/Young Children
DIVISION:Liberal Arts

Designed to explore concrete curriculum areas which are developmentally appropriate for the young child between two and six years of age. Examines how children learn and what they can learn and suggests specific curriculum ideas and activities to stimulate and transmit learning.

Placement into ENGL121.


  • The student will be exposed to first hand experiences in discovering how children learn through hands-on demonstrations.
  • The students will analyze and compare program models that are consistent with developmentally appropriate practices for young children as evidence in observation written report assignments.
  • The student will develop objectives, long term goals and curriculum units which provide optimum learning opportunities for young children through developing and sharing unit.
  • The student will gain experience in the design and use of materials, equipment, space and facilities to enhance growth and development of the young child through cooperative group work projects that are evaluated.
  • The student will write complete, understandable lesson plans for learning center activities and group time by developing graded weekly and activity plans for use in a preschool classroom.
  • The student will analyze, interpret and evaluate a preschool program as planned cooperative group discussions that are monitored and evaluated.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of creativity in planning, teaching, and learning across the curriculum as evidence on exams.

Week 1
  • Introduction/Course Outline
  • Brainstorm Building Blocks of Curriculum
  • Licensing Standards
Week 2
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Week 3
  • Physical Environment
  • Principals of DA Education
Week 4
  • Room Arrangement/Centers
  • Daily Schedule
Week 5
  • Importance of Field Trips/Community Resources
Week 6
  • The Value of Play
  • Creative Circle Time
Week 7
  • Block/Truck Area
  • Developing the Dramatic Play Corner
Week 8
  • Outdoor Play/Nature Study
  • Manipulative
Week 9
  • Art & Art Area
  • Wood Working
Week 10
  • Math/Science Experiences
Week 11
  • Emerging Literacy/Writing
Week 12
  • No Class Spring Break
Week 13
  • Sand & Water Play
  • Sensory Experience
Week 14
  • Project Approach
  • Block Plan
  • Charts/Charity
Week 15
  • Presentations
Week 16
  • Presentations
Week 17
  • Final

Early Education Curriculum: A Child's Connection to the World by Hilda L. Jackman, published by Cengage Learning 2015.

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A point system has been established to determine the final grade

644-700pts 92-100% A
588-643 pts 84-91% B
532-587 pts 76-83% C
476-531 pts 68-75% D
Under 476 pts under 68% F

Curriculum Activities (14) 420
  1. Observation of Physical Environment
  2. Field Trip/Community Resources Plan
  3. Parent Program
  4. Play Observation/Critique
  5. Ideal Classroom Design discuss population control
  6. Blocks/Wheel Toys
  7. House Corner - picture file, bulletin board, prop box
  8. *Together Time Calendar strip/weather chart*
  9. Observation - Manipulatives
  10. Observation - Art area
  11. *Math/Science, nature study, cooking*
  12. *Children's Literature* Emerging Literacy/Writing
  13. Observe outdoor play/evaluate playground
*A lesson plan is required with each activity along with an assessment of the lesson. Each activity is worth 30 points.

One Day Theme Unit (Final Exam) 150
Each member of class will present to and/or involve the class in a developmentally appropriate unit related to a theme or a piece of children's literature. A lesson plan with long and short range goals will accompany the unit.

Presentation, Papers, Special Reports, Charts, Bulletin Boards 70
  • 10 Philosophy of how children learn
  • 10 Special topic report
  • 5 Transition song
  • 5 Lesson plan
  • 5 Calendar strip
  • 10 Charts
  • 10 Bulletin Board
  • 10 Block Plan
  • 5 Recipe Strip
  • 10 Resource Curriculums

In Class Participation/Sharing 50
Demonstrations, Presentations, Webbing, Children's Books, and sensory experience.


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