This course leads students to examine the purposes and appropriateness of both daily and longer term planning of teacher-facilitated language and literacy experiences for very young children. Questions to be addressed include: What underlying philosophies guide curriculum development for young children? How can language and literacy content be made developmentally appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers? Students will study and critique short and long-term plans for incorporating literacy in the curriculum, and will generate a detailed curriculum design incorporating Maine’s Early Learning Guidelines and following guidelines used in class. Although appropriate content for toddlers will be included, the primary focus of this course is preschool and kindergarten curricula and instruction. Prerequisites: EDU 516, 517, 518. Cr 3.
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