This course applies to toddlers and preschoolers.
Bound to get your creative energy flowing, this course will help you create an exciting child’s world that will make a pleasant and productive atmosphere for both you and the children in your care. Course discusses children's characteristics; how children learn and develop, what children need to learn; how to create functional learning centers; and how to relate lesson plans to learning centers. Numerous suggestions for hands-on learning experiences included: play dough recipes, art centers, cooking centers, family centers, water play, and an in-depth section devoted to blocks. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.
After completing The Early Childhood Environment: Learning Centers you will be able to discuss why functional learning centers are important in early childhood programs; identify strategies for setting up art, literacy, block play, and cooking learning centers and using them to engage children in activities that promote development and learning; and identify strategies for setting up pretend play, music, and outdoor play learning centers to engage children in activities that promote development and learning.
Please Note: This course is still being submitted for approval toward childcare training requirements in Minnesota and North Carolina.
Topics Covered in The Early Childhood Environment: Learning Centers:
Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read and write English.
Instructional methodology: Read written material, view videos, and listen to audio segments.
Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.