The Art of Teaching Young Children
38-0100-41 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM; 3 credits
This course provides an introduction to early childhood education with an oppertunity for students to gain exposure to current issues in the field; career possibilities; and the responsibilities, challenges, and rewards encountered by those who work with young children. Discussions and reading topics include underlying beliefs and principles that guide the wide variety of programs currently available to families for the care and education of their children and a brief overview of normal child development from birth through age eight. Beginning from the perspective of their own lives, members will consider the impact that caretaking relationships and environments have on various domains of development. The role that the arts might play in teaching young children will be considered with a special emphasis placed on the medium of picture books. We will explore the ways in which teachers can embrace and make use of the difference to help all children grow strong in knowing themselves and others as they learn new skills, explore new ideas, and create possible worlds in their play and studies at school.