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Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
As Universal Pre-K efforts sweep the nation, so does the development of state standards that define the skills and the knowledge that young children should be developing. The goal of these standards is to ensure the school readiness of all students. While the goals mentioned in this article are taken from the New Jersey Department of Education's Standards of Quality, the concept of integrating skills into developmentally appropriate practices applies to any and all early learning standards. The author presents steps in the process of using a project-based approach to meet the standards. The first step in designing a project is to choose a topic to investigate. Next, is to create a topic web. After identifying subtopics and determining the value of the topic as a project, the teacher will begin to form ideas and activities for the project. Then, the teacher introduces the project to the children. Finally, teachers should assess not only if the children enjoyed the project, but also ensure that the goals and standards were met.