Thursday, August 11, 2011

Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings: A Book Review

About The Book:

Emergent curriculum is a philosophy that unites children's interests with the educational framework teachers construct based on their professional training and experiences. This merger brings forth a vibrant classroom where children are engrossed in learning and discovering by doing the things they enjoy.

This book takes an exploratory look at the components of emergent curriculum and how its practices and principles can improve the learning culture of early childhood programs. Emergent Curriculum will give you a unique and thorough look at this method and also includes information on how to observe, reflect, interpret, document, and plan long-term projects. Also available as an e-book.

About The Author:

Susan Stacey has been working in various capacities of early childhood education for over 30 years. Her roles have included preschool teacher, director, teacher trainer, and college teaching in curriculum, environments, and practicum. The bulk of her work has been in lab schools where she developed curriculum, educated teachers and student teachers, and conducted teacher research. She has presented widely on emergent curriculum, observation, and documentation of children's work. 

My Review:

Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings: From Theory to Practice is the perfect introduction the the curriculum philosophy of child-directed learning, or emergent curriculum. It is the perfect resource for any program that follows this philosophy as it is a great book for beginning educators to get a fabulous overview. Yet, it is full of great ideas and reminders for those who have used Emergent Curriculum in their programs for a while.

The book is full of great pictures of classroom setups, I just wish they were in full color versus black and white. Also, there is a ton of real-life conversations and scenarios that can be very easily adaptable into one's own program. You will not only learn about the philosophy and background of Emergent Curriculum, but also how to set up play spaces to be child-directed, and how to observe children's play to plan activities around their interests versus theme-based planning.

Once again, another great early childhood education resource from Redleaf Press that I cannot recommend enough. I give this book a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Emergent Curriculum in  Early Childhood Settings online through Redleaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Redleaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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