Methods Of Teaching In Early Childhood: Mathematics & Scienc – ech529 (4 credits)
This course focuses on understanding and using developmentally effective practices to teach and to integrate mathematics and science concepts and skills in early childhood education (birth through age eight). Developing meaningful curricular content, modifications, hands-on learning experiences, and integration of early childhood content area standards are explored. A foundation in developmentally effective teaching and assessment of the content area is provided.
Use appropriate multimedia to support early childhood math and science instruction.
The Teaching and Learning of Science in Early Childhood
Explore the concepts related to early childhood learning experiences in physical, earth, and life sciences.
Differentiate between conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge in the teaching and learning of science in early childhood.
Identify differences between nature study and scientific inquiry in early childhood learning experiences.
Examine ways in which young learners can use exploration and observation to build a meaningful foundation of science concepts.
Examine literature sources that support scientific understandings for the young child.
Identify developmentally effective assessment strategies that demonstrate scientific understandings.
Identify process skills necessary for the teaching and learning of science in the early childhood setting.
Early Childhood Classroom Activities for Math and Science
Identify procedures for conducting a math or science classroom activity in an early childhood setting.
Locate appropriate resources for early childhood math and science activities.
Modify an early childhood math or science lesson to meet the needs of diverse learners.
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