In a 2-3 page paper written in APA format using proper spelling/grammar, compare and contrast two (2) integrated curriculums. Be sure to include the components below:
List of curriculums to choose from.
Montessori, High Scope, and Reggie Emilia, Creative Curriculum, Project Approach
- Describe your first curriculum. Be sure to explain the details and history.
- Describe your second curriculum. Be sure to explain the details and history.
- Explain the ways in which these two (2) curriculums are similar.
- Identify 3 similarities with these curriculums
- Elaborate on each similarity, explaining how they are similar with details
- Give at least 1 example in each area they are similar.
- Explain the ways in which these two (2) curriculums are different.
- Identify 3 differences with these curriculums
- Elaborate on each difference, explaining how they are different with details
- Give at least 1 example in each area they are different.
- Explain how you would use these curriculums in your program to create a DAP activity, objectives, and lesson plans to meet the needs of the children.
- Give two (2) examples of how you would integrate them. One example for each curriculum
- Provide one (1) DAP(Developmentally Appropriate Practice) activity, topic, idea, or learning experience for each curriculum that you will provide for the children.
- Include the age group(between 0 to 8 years) for each activity, topic, idea, or learning experience.
- Describe how the developmental needs will be met in each activity, topic, idea, or learning experience.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice, often shortened to DAP, is an approach to teaching that is based on child development research in the field of Early Childhood Education. DAP requires teachers to meet children where they are (from a developmental perspective). DAP can be implemented in any program combined with another curriculum as it focuses on ensuring the children’s developmental needs are met.
When planning activities for the children, it is important for educators to think about whether the materials and the activities chosen are Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) that meets the children’s needs.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), identified 3 core components of DAP on their webpage titled Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP). They are:
1. Knowing about Child Development and Learning
Knowing what is typical at each age and stage of early development is crucial. This knowledge, based on research, helps us decide which experiences are best for children’s learning and development. See NAECY’s 12 Principles of Child Development and Learning for more information.
2. Knowing what is Individually Appropriate
What we learn about specific children helps us teach and care for each child as an individual. By continually observing children’s play and interaction with the physical environment and others, we learn about each child’s interests, abilities, and developmental progress.
3. Knowing what is Culturally Important
We must make an effort to get to know the children’s families and learn about the values, expectations, and factors that shape their lives at home and in their communities. This background information helps us provide meaningful, relevant, and respectful learning experiences for each child and family.