Intended to support and guide teachers and administrators in providing appropriate experiences for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children in significant areas of living and learning, this curriculum guide reflects the early childhood education (ECE) philosophy of the South Carolina State Department of Education. The guide first provides an overview of ECE in South Carolina, lists characteristics of young children and responsibilities of their teachers, outlines ways to improve communication between parents and teachers, and describes an appropriate learning environment for young children and a typical daily schedule. Also outlined are several alternate daily schedules appropriate for different programs in different environments. The greatest portion of the guide focuses on learning experiences. These are categorized by content area, including nutrition, health and safety, play, understanding the world, the expressive arts (music, art, creative dramatics, and movement exploration), language and communication, and number relationships. Concluding sections of the guide outline characteristics of children with special needs and related guidelines for their teachers, and describe responsibilities of personnel for ECE programs. A selected bibliography cites books, pamphlets, and tapes, lists professional organizations, identifies sources for learning materials and films, and provides a directory of publishers. (RH)
For related document, see PS 016 415.
Learning Experience Approach; South Carolina
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South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia.