Preschool Curriculum: Ages One-Three years
Academic subjects can be introduced in an integrative way - that is, by combining cognition with feeling, physical/sensing, and intuition. The table below provides examples of activities that enhance integrative education in a preschool curriculum for children ages one through three.
|Provide objects for manipulation, such as blocks, bowls, and boxes.||Through touching, moving, and banging coordination is learned; relationships can be experienced.|
|Label your actions as you do them; label the child's actions as he or she does them; encourage talking while thinking.||Facilitates the use of language for thinking.|
|Model use of print showing the emotional and social meanings; encourage children to explore and experiment for themselves; encourage writing to communicate and play.||Modeling promotes and encourages reading and writing activity.|
|Use the children's intuitive insights and personal language to teach mathematics; promote self-confidence and autonomy for mathematical thinking; use sticks, stones, and other physical materials.||children bring considerable mathematical experience to school with them; it should be acknowledged and used.|
|Teach the relationship between art and academic skills; transform their experience into artistic representations.||Enriches academic understanding and skills.|
|Provide intellectual peers to interact and play with.||Facilitates development of language, self-concept, and sensory-motor thinking.|
|Provide opportunities for drama and storytelling.||Promotes language, imagination, and the integration of thinking and emotion.|
|Allow children to make decisions and take increasing responsibility for learning and behavior.||Helps children develop independent thinking and action.|
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