Welcome to Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education! We hope that this course will add to your knowledge and help you form new opinions about a subject in which you’re already interested—educating young children.
KNOW YOUR TEXTBOOK
Your textbook for this course is Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Teaching Children in a Diverse Setting by Janet Gonzales-Mena. It’s important that you read the material in your textbook and study until it’s completely familiar to you. This is the material on which your examinations are based.
The content of the textbook is divided into three sections:
Part 1—Foundations of the Teaching-Learning Process: The Role of the Early Childhood Educator
Part 2—Foundations of Curriculum: Planning for Learning
Part 3—Foundations for Formal Education: Planning for Learning
As you read the chapters within those parts, you’ll discover the following features: Chapter introductions, which provide overviews Chapter outlines, which identify key topics Sections titled “In This Chapter You’ll Discover,” which provide a list of things you should learn in the chapter Marginal links that connect key content to the National Association for the Education of Young Children early childhood program standards Your examples should be descriptions of specific incidents.
For example, a child may have had a problem separating from a parent the day that you observed.
You would describe exactly how the caregiver or teacher handled the situation and redirected the child. Giving a general description or providing brief examples of how the caregiver or teacher interacts with the all the children in the room isn’t sufficient for this part of your summary.
3. What is the guidance and discipline policy used at the facility?
Clearly explain how misbehavior is handled. 4. What did you like best and least about the program? This part of your summary should state your views of the program. Discuss three points you liked about the program and three points you didn’t like. Provide specific examples to illustrate each point.
5. What are some suggestions for improvement? In this part of your report, discuss some ways in which you feel the quality of the program could be improved. What do you think could be done differently that would better meet the needs of the children in the setting? Remember, even the best environment can be improved. List at least five suggestions for improvement.
Make any other needed revisions. Revise as many times as you feel necessary, and then correct your report for spelling and grammar. Your final submission should be typed in a 12-point font with double-spaced formatting.