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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

Early Childhood Curriculum OR Principles and Practices of Montessori Education

Minimum 240 hours.
Various child care facilities associated with the Caritas Training Center.
April 1996 - June 2001.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: discuss the theoretical foundations of early childhood curriculum development and their implementation in the early childhood classroom in a developmentally appropriate manner; organize and integrate the following curriculum areas into classroom practice: art, music, mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science; and determine when to present appropriate manipulative materials to support each of the curriculum areas.

The curriculum addresses how to engage children in developmentally appropriate ways with individual, small group, and whole group instruction and emphasizes how to manage the transition between activities. Art: materials and media, i.e., crayon, pencil drawing, clay, water color, sculpture, etc.; Music: listening, following directions, appreciation, recognition, group participation in songs, movement games, instrument making, etc.; Math: 0 to 10 materials, teens and tens, decimal system, and addition; Language Arts: pre-writing exercises, language patterning sequence, visual discrimination, initial sounds, phonetic sounds, phonograms, grammar games, literature and poetry for pre-schoolers; Social Studies: sensorial perception of the concept of time, basic human needs, and vastness of history, sensorial age appropriate experience with maps, flags, landforms, habitats and cultures, child's body awareness and relationship to the world; Science: health, nutrition, human body, solar system, rocks, plants, and animals; Manipulatives: helping the child to function in his/her own environment, increase attention span, develop self-discipline, and refine gross and fine motor skills through practical life activities; developmentally appropriate sensorial materials involving matching, sorting, and discrimination.
Credit recommendation: 
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Early Childhood Education or Child Care (5/99).