Based on research that demonstrates the powerful advantages of
integrating the curriculum while providing inquiry opportunities,
"The Early Childhood Curriculum" shows how to make such an approach
work for all children, preschool through the primary grades. The
text demonstrates how to confidently teach using inquiry-based
methods that address the whole child, while also meeting and
exceeding academic standards. Offering a foundation in early
childhood theory, philosophy, research, and development, the 2nd
edition of this unique textbook helps future teachers, as well as
current educators, understand the "why" of curriculum in early
childhood and invests them with the skills they need to move from
simply following a script to knowledgeably creating curricula on
Since each curricular subject has its own integrity, there is a
chapter for each discipline, grounding the reader in the essentials
of the subject in order to foster knowledgeable and effective
integration. The 2nd edition of "The Early Childhood Curriculum"
includes information on the most recent trends in national
curriculum standards, particularly in regard to the Common Core
State Standards Initiative and the Next Generation Science
Standards. Coupled with this information are practical suggestions
for meeting standards while still providing young learners with a
truly child-centered educational experience. Chapters contain
real-life vignettes that demonstrate inquiry and integration in
practice. The entire text reflects the philosophy that the use of
inquiry to seek and obtain information is one of the most valuable
and powerful tools children can acquire along the way to becoming
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