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Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum in Action

By Marjorie J. Kostelnik, Michelle L. Rupiper, Anne K. Soderman, Alice P. Whiren

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 29, 2013


A comprehensive overview of all the components necessary to run an effective early childhood program as a teacher, this bright new text remains keenly focused on application and skill-building, utilizing several areas of child development–aesthetic, affective, cognitive, language, physical, and social–as the basis for curriculum planning.


Includes curriculum areas such as aesthetics, affective, language, physical, social, cognitive (math) and cognitive (science); chapters on child guidance; how to observe and assess children’s learning; detailed approaches to planning lessons, days and weeks; circle time activities; creating learning centers both indoors and outside; and projects and themes with sample projects and lesson plan samples throughout.  The book promotes several areas of child development—aesthetic, affective, cognitive, language, physical, and social—and incorporates subject matter areas (art, math, literacy, and science) into the developmental domains rather than focusing on the subjects themselves. There are six activity types (exploratory play, guided discovery, problem-solving, discussions, demonstrations, and direct instruction) in every domain presented to the reader, as well. The contents of the book are all closely aligned to the current developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) guidelines. Strongly methods-based in its approach, the book also imparts the “how to” of teaching, with many developmentally appropriate examples of ways to teach children ages three to six years of age.

Table of Contents

Part 1 — Teaching in Early Childhood Programs


Chapter 1 – Ready, Set, Go! : Teaching in Developmentally Appropriate Programs


Chapter 2 — What You Need to Know to Help Children Grow: Preparing to Teach


Chapter 3 – More than a Referee: Effective Child Guidance Strategies


Chapter 4 — Teacher, Teacher, What Do You See: Observing and Documenting Children’s Learning


Chapter 5 – Roadmaps to Success: Lesson Plans as Teaching Tools


Chapter 6 — Up Close and Personal: Teaching Children in Small Groups


Chapter 7 – Centered on Learning: Creating and Maintaining Activity Areas Indoors and Outside


Chapter 8 — All Together: Teaching Children in Whole Groups


Part 2: The Curriculum


Chapter 9 – The Aesthetic Domain: Celebrating the Artist Within


Chapter 10 — The Affective Domain: Exploring the Inner Self


Chapter 11 – The Cognitive Domain Part 1: Nurturing Young Scientists


Chapter 12 — The Cognitive Domain Part 2: Fostering Mathematical Thinking


Chapter 13 – The Language Domain: Enhancing Communication


Chapter 14 — The Physical Domain


Chapter 15 – The Social Domain: Interacting with Others


Part 3: Moving Forward


Chapter 16 - Projects and Themes


Appendix A – Sample Lesson Plans


Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum in Action

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