The practice of teaching young children outside the home environment begins in early childhood programs. It is my opinion that each child should have a secure, caring, and thought-provoking learning environment. It is important children get the support they need to develop socially and emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Meeting these needs will encourage and guide students in achieving their dreams to become functioning educated citizens. In years past, students were taught factual information from a scripted lesson plan that did not consider the various learning styles of children. Now educating children has become a form of art that requires teachers to be creative and knowledgeable in reviewing each student’s needs to create lessons, incorporate philosophies, and apply pedagogic strategies to bring forth student’s academic potential.
There are several curriculum approaches and models used in early childhood education that consider the environmental and educational needs of children. However, for this final assignment, I will focus on the theories and philosophies behind The Creative Curriculum and developmentally appropriate practices, and how to implement its principles to create the ideal classroom environment. An overview of concepts that I will use to teach academic areas will also be shared. My concepts will include activities or strategies that are in line with the state of Georgia Early Learning Standards; and how it can be implemented in the classroom to reflect early childhood theories in a way that embodies my teaching philosophy as an educator, and help my students gain life skills to be carried throughout their life.
Early childhood research reveals that in the late 1920’s, the focus was on intellectual and physical development, and early education programs were based on the works of Froebel, Montessori, and McMillan. As education evolved, an emphasis was placed on social, emotional, and physical growth. From the start of implementation, The Creative Curriculum was built on the theories and research that influence decision making in the field of early childhood education. The Creative Curriculum philosophy is centered around that children learn best by engaging in hand-on-experiences. The Creative Curriculum is also geared toward promoting social interaction and building relationships with families, as well as shows preschool programs how to implement developmentally appropriate practices. Copple & Bredekamp (2009) states, “the concept behind DAP is that it should support children's individual needs and interests in accordance with what they are physically and mentally ready to learn.” The theorist that supported these findings includes the works of Howard Gardner, Lev Vygotsky, Sara Smilansky and a host of others.
Cognitive theorist Howard Gardner is best known for his Multiple Intelligence theory. His research led to the theory that people can be intelligent in many ways: Logical Intelligence, Linguistic Intelligence,...