Overview: Educators must intentionally select curriculum and instructional strat

Overview:
Educators must intentionally select curriculum and instructional strategies that align with developmentally appropriate practices. To be developmentally appropriate, the curriculum must be culturally responsive, individually appropriate, and age appropriate.
Instructions:
In your initial post:
Describe a learning experience that you have implemented, observed being implemented, or would implement with young children.
Describe the activity in as much detail as possible, how, and why the activity was selected, the teaching strategies you used, material needed, the age group, etc.

Prior to completing this discussion, please read Chapters 9, 10 and Section 15.1

Prior to completing this discussion, please read Chapters 9, 10 and Section 15.1 in the textbook and the A Comparison of Montessori and Traditional Middle Schools: Motivation, Quality of Experience, and Social Context (Links to an external site.) article. Additionally, watch the Montessori Vs Conventional Schools (Links to an external site.) and Exploring Borderlands–American Passages: A Literary Survey (Links to an external site.) videos.
In this post of a minimum of 300 words, you will explore the role of community agencies (more specifically, schools) in developing the optimum learning and pro-social behavior of children. Complete the following:
Explain the major approaches of Montessori-style education and of traditional education formats for children.
Then Create a Table  Download Create a Tabledescribing three benefits and three drawbacks of each style, addressing each of the three domains covered in this course.

Decide on a Topic and Construct your Thesis: The research paper topic must be ba

Decide on a Topic and Construct your Thesis:
The research paper topic must be based on a current social issue, and the paper must be persuasive; therefore, an arguable stance (for or against) must be taken on the topic and presented in the thesis statement. The research paper will consist of FOUR-to-SIX pages of text; the works cited information must also be included.
Review a Possible List of Topics  Download Possible List of TopicsPreview the document for the research paper.
The thesis statement should consist of your topic and your stance on the topic.
EXAMPLE:
Topic: Nuclear Disarmament
Thesis: The United States of America should lead the way as a global example by enacting laws that would lead to nuclear disarmament.
The research proposal should include a header (double-spaced in the top left-hand corner of the first page: Name, Mr. Morris, ENG1123, and date) and the running head (last name and page number in the top right-hand corner of the page). Study the MLA Research Paper Formatting Guidelines.
The research proposal should be written in complete sentences and should be separated into four sections, labeled:
Topic: state the topic you have selected.
Stance: state your position (for or against) the topic.
Thesis: state the topic and the stance together in a single sentence (use should or should not to be sure your thesis is persuasive).
Plans for Supporting the Stance: give examples of the types of information you plan to gather to support your topic. All of your source material must come from pre-approved databases, which will be available in next week’s module.
Submit the 300-Word Research Proposal by 11:59 pm on Sunday.

Module 04 Content Overview: Establishing appropriate learning goals and objectiv

Module 04 Content
Overview:
Establishing appropriate learning goals and objectives is an important part of the curriculum planning process. Goals and objectives identify what you want your students to know or be able to do at the end of a lesson or activity. To create an effective curriculum, you must first purposefully develop learning goals and objectives. To ensure that goals and objectives are DAP consider what is age-appropriate, what is individually appropriate, and what is culturally and socially appropriate for the learners for whom you are planning the curriculum. Once you have created learning goals and objectives, you can now plan meaningful and relevant learning experiences to help children reach the goals!
Instructions:
First, download the weekly curriculum plan document:
WeeklyCurriculumPlanTemplate.docx
Next, complete the Part 1 – Curriculum Learning Goals section of the document by writing three learning goals for the identified age group, ensuring that the goals are age, individually, culturally, and socially appropriate for the identified group of children.
Once the learning goals have been written, you will need to complete the Part 2 – Curriculum Weekly Plan by developing a learning experience for each of the following (eight learning experiences total):
Art
Sensory
Play and Exploration
Science and Math
Literacy
Social and Emotional
Outdoor Play
Physical
Complete each section (five sections for each learning experience) of Part 2 – Curriculum Weekly Plan, including:
Curriculum Learning Goal (from Part 1)
Name of Activity
Description of Activity
Activity Objective or State Early Learning Guideline
Possible DAP Accommodations
Submission Requirements:
Uses professional language with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation in the template with a title page (title: Resource Collection RC-1: Weekly Plan and your full name).
Resources:
For grammar and spelling support, please visit the Grammarly FAQ and for general writing support visit the Writing Guide
CDA Information:
If you are applying for the CDA Credential: After you receive feedback from your instructor and make the necessary changes from that feedback, place this Resource Collection/Competency Statement Assignment in your Online CDA Professional Portfolio.
See the CDA Credential Information in Module 01
Instructions to set up your portfolio in the CDA Credential Guide
Consult your CDA Competency Handbook

Assignment: Compose a research-based essay focusing on the need for play in the

Assignment:
Compose a research-based essay focusing on the need for play in the early childhood learning environment. Discuss how play has changed in the early childhood learning environment in the past few years. Discuss a professional’s position on play in the early childhood learning environment and whether you agree or disagree. Support your position with research. This essay must be in APA format with a minimum of three (3) professional references.
Your essay should be 1700-2000 words and should include at least three (3) citations. The sections should be clearly marked with headings so that your instructor knows which points you are addressing. Follow the guidelines for APA writing style. The title page and references page do not count towards the minimum word amount for this assignment.

Assignment: The purpose of this assignment is to have students familiarize thems

Assignment:
The purpose of this assignment is to have students familiarize themselves with the NAEYC standards which are nationally recognized in education and leads educational policy. By familiarizing themselves with the standards and position statements of this organization, students become more informed, intentional, politically active, and effective educators.
Read the NAEYC standards, and specifically become familiar with Standard 2 provided below:
Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
2a. Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics
2b. Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships
Use each of the descriptors to create a table that includes: Each standard descriptor a bulleted list of three specific activities that teachers can implement to support each. These activities must be research-based, and you must cite your references in Part 3 of this assignment.
Write an essay discussing:
An explanation of what NAEYC Standard 2 encompasses and why this standard is important in the field of early childhood education
An analysis of each descriptor and how each can be conveyed in the learning environment
A detailed, written explanation of the three activities for each descriptor from your table in Step 2
Your essay should be 1100-1300 words and should include at least four (4) citations. The sections should be clearly marked with headings so that your instructor knows which points you are addressing. Follow the guidelines for APA writing style. The title page and references page do not count towards the minimum word amount for this assignment.

Assignment: For this assignment, you will be placed (virtually) in a real-world

Assignment:
For this assignment, you will be placed (virtually) in a real-world scenario that occurs in schools. Please read the following description of the authentic performance task and complete the requirements as described in the scenario.
SCENARIO
“Imagine you are an Early Childhood Behavior Specialist that is providing a free training presentation to new parents of infants and toddlers. Your mission is to teach parents all about prosocial behavior and will include the topics of sharing, cooperating, and helping so that they can work with their child at home to prepare and teach their children to become prosocial and to understand how they can help their child as they develop. You will write an essay that discusses each key topic and three key ideas for each topic that you would focus on if you were training parents.”
The program description should be 110-1500 words and should include at least four (4) citations. The sections should be clearly marked with headings so that your instructor knows which points you are addressing. Your plan should be realistic, coherent, and precise, and should address all three required components in a research-based manner using text support and outside research to create a comprehensive training presentation. Follow the guidelines for APA writing style. The title page and references page do not count towards the minimum word amount for this assignment.

We have discussed and/or read about a whole range of theories to better conceptu

We have discussed and/or read about a whole range of theories to better conceptualize and think through childhood. We have also read and screened films about,and discussed “real life stories” of people – children, thinking about their childhood, and experiencing childhood. In your final paper, I want you to use your own life story as a “case study, think about your childhood and life story so far, I want you to write up a coherent narrative about part of your life story. However, I don’t just want you to tell your story. I want you to analyze it through the use of the theories we have discussed. I want you to make sense of your life not as just you but as part of a larger social system. Depending on what stands out to you in your own story, you will choose a theory to discuss it. See below for possible topics and guiding questions.
Examples & Guiding Questions:
Examples:
Is a critical part of your story immigration, an unimagined childhood, peer pressure, student mothering? Should you think about your life using feminist or critical race theory? How might the theory of cultural/social capital help you make sense of your job or the career and college degree you want?
Guiding Questions:
1.    How did this event construct your perception of your childhood?
2.    Reflecting on course discussions what institutions influenced this this event?
3.    How did culture/religion influence the manner in which the event unfolded & was later interpreted by you as an adult?
Your paper should be a story/narrative with citations. It is also a complete paper, written with an introduction and conclusion.
Paper should be double spaced, 1inch margins, 12pt Times New Roman font. Stapled. I will take off 5 (out of 20) points for not following these directions.
Use quotations from readings with correct citation “I said something important here” (Last Name 2016:131).
Use notes from class lecture and discussion

Prior to completing this assignment, read Chapters 7 and 8 in your textbook and

Prior to completing this assignment, read Chapters 7 and 8 in your textbook and read the Piaget’s Enduring Contribution to Developmental Psychology (Links to an external site.), On Major Developments in Preschoolers’ Imagination (Links to an external site.), and The Timing and Quality of Early Experiences Combine to Shape Brain Architecture: Working Paper No. 5 (Links to an external site.) articles. Also, review the Week 5 Final Project instructions for creating the proposal, and review the videos: Play: A Vygotskian approach (Links to an external site.) and Piaget’s Stages of Development (Links to an external site.).
The purpose of this assignment is for you to continue working on elements that will become part of your Community Center Proposal Final Project. This week you will be creating three activities that address cognitive development in the age groups assigned. These will become part of the infant room, early childhood room, and adolescent room of your center.
Using Piaget’s, Vygotsy’s, and/or Information processing theories of cognitive development, you will continue to build your Community Center Proposal by identifying activities for the assigned rooms that promotes cognitive development for children and adolescents. The activity must be focused on the cognitive milestones of the age group and must be clearly tied to specific theory. You must use at least one credible source.  Your activities might be focused on object permanence for infants, conservation, egocentrism, or conservation for early childhood, or deductive reasoning for adolescence. Table 7.1 in your textbook will be useful in completing this activity.
Focus on the primary developmental tasks of each age period. For each of the three activities, write a paragraph that addresses the following:
Describe the activity in some detail (provide more than just the name of the activity).Identify the specific concept from cognitive development theory that supports the use of this activity.Identify how the activity enhances cognitive development in the specific age group.
Here are two examples providing you a model of how to approach this assignment and how to build the elements of the rooms in your community center.
Examples of Activities:
Example 1: Cognitive Development Activity for Infant Room: Peekaboo.
One of the activities we will incorporate into the infant room is peekaboo. This is a game where the caregiver hides himself from the child (covering the child’s eyes or hiding behind a chair, etc.) and then appears again by uncovering the child’s eyes or coming out from behind the chair. Another variation of this would be hiding a treasured object under a scarf and then revealing it again. One of the milestones of the first year of life is the development of object permanence. Object permanence occurs when an infant grasps that something (an object, a person) still exists even when the infant cannot see it. This is a concept from Piaget’s theory of cognitive development and is one of the developmental tasks of the sensorimotor stage. Newborns do not have a sense of permanence. When they cannot see you, you do not exist for them. During the first year of life, they slowing learn that objects and people continue to exist even with they cannot be seen (Mossler, 2014). Playing peekaboo is one way to foster the development of object permanence. Infants usually delight in seeing someone appear and then hide, only to reappear. This activity will support the cognitive development domain and also the psychosocial domain because of its interactive nature.
Mossler, R. A. (2014). Child and adolescent development (2nd ed.). Retrieved from https://content.uagc.edu/
Example 2: Cognitive Development Activity for Adolescent Room: Board Games Involving Strategy and Problem Solving.
In the adolescent room, we propose having a collection of board games that require logical thinking and problem solving. Adolescence is the beginning of more sophisticated thinking. Children in this age group move from concrete operations to what Piaget calls formal operations. They are becoming capable of deductive and hypothetical reasoning (Mossler, 2014). Games like chess, Battleship, and checkers all require players to engage in this kind of thinking. Another game that can be used is the game of Clue. This game supports the development of prepositional logic and requires players to think hypothetically (Neller, Markov, and Russell, 2006). These games will not only promote cognitive development but will further support psychosocial development because of the required interactions.
Mossler, R. A. (2014). Child and adolescent development (2nd ed.). Retrieved from https://content.uagc.edu/
Neller, T. W., Markov, Z., & Russell, I. (2006). Clue deduction: Professor Plum teaches logic. Retrieved from http://cs.gettysburg.edu/~tneller/papers/flairs06.pdf
The Cognitive Development Activities paper
Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length 

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review Chapters 5, 7, 8, 11, and 12,

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review Chapters 5, 7, 8, 11, and 12, which are the primary chapters in the textbook and provide you with the theoretical foundations for this project. Also review the Exploring Borderlands–American Passages: A Literary Survey (Links to an external site.) video. Many of the other resources in the previous weeks may also be helpful.
Remember that you have already created nine of the required 15 activities for this assignment in Weeks 2, 3, and 4. You received feedback from your instructor and from the Writing Center on those activity papers. You are expected to incorporate that feedback into the nine activities already created. During this last week, you will place those activities in the appropriate room in your proposal and create the remaining six activities.
Focus of the Final Project:
Your community is planning to open a brand-new child development community center. Now that you are an expert in the field, you have been chosen to create a proposal for interactive, fun, and educational programming activities that will be provided for children and adolescents in this center. The chosen activities must be developmentally appropriate and based in theory. You will present your ideas to the city council with a written proposal describing the programming in detail. You have been asked to propose programming for the following five different age groups in the child development community center:
Infant (0-1 year)Toddler (1-3 years)Early Childhood (3-6 years)Middle to Late Childhood (7-12 years)Adolescence (13-18 years)
Use this Community Child Development Center Proposal Template  Download Community Child Development Center Proposal Templateto organize your proposal. Enter the requested information on the title page where indicated. Where you find the text, “In this section you will describe the activity …” within the proposal template, please remove that and enter your own content. The headings in bold should not be altered. The final content for each “room” will consist of three paragraphs that will address three distinct activities that address physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development for that age group. Table 5.1 in your textbook will be very useful in identifying the major milestones in physical development.
In your Community Child Proposal,
Describe the activity in some detail (provide more than just the name of the activity).Identify the specific domain related theory concept that supports the use of this activity.Identify how the activity enhances physical, cognitive, or psychosocial development.
Special Notes:
A good way to brainstorm different age appropriate activities is using Google’s search tool before researching. Please review What Is CRAAP? A Guide to Evaluating Web Sources (Links to an external site.). For example, enter “activities to support cognitive development in toddlers” and numerous sites with suggested activities will be displayed. Remember that your activities may be simple (especially with newborns), but they must also be specific and age appropriate, and you are to connect them to developmental theory within the proposal. You must also cite the sources in your proposal.
While much of the theoretical support for your proposal will come from the textbook, you must include information somewhere in the proposal from three credible or scholarly sources. If you included a source in your Weeks 2, 3, and 4 papers, then you have already met this requirement. Just transfer the source to the final proposal. Remember to cite all your sources (including the textbook) according to APA style as outlined in the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center.
The Community Center Proposal
Must be nine to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including the title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)Must include a separate title page with the following:Title of projectStudent’s nameCourse name and numberInstructor’s nameDate submitted
Must use at least three scholarly or credible sources in addition to the text book. Be sure to integrate your sources (Links to an external site.) rather than simply inserting them.