Major Connections Between Young Children 's Development And Learning And Their Later Attainment And School Achievement

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General study points to the major connections between young children’s development and learning and their later attainment and school achievement. In addition, negative courses for children who begin kindergarten behind their peers have been reported. These results make it necessary that preschool children have the basic foundation for upcoming school success and are ready when they enter kindergarten.
In the past it was expected that children were ready for kindergarten if they were healthy and well-nourished; thoughtful of other’s emotions; and able to communicate their needs verbally, follow instructions, be attentive, take turns, and share. Today, the meaning of school readiness has grown and taken on new status. Most states have
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They state that curriculum should be considerately planned, exciting and engaging; developmentally suitable; culturally and linguistically receptive; include key developmental and learning areas; and encourage short- and long-term goals for children (NAEYC, 2003).
This paper will describe a research that investigates the effectiveness of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool (Teaching Strategies, LLC.). The Creative Curriculum is a commonly used, all-inclusive curriculum based on children’s growth and early education research and philosophy. The materials used will give details on how to construct learning environments; change the curriculum to meet the needs of different students; instruct in content areas; and incorporate in-depth significant explorations of topic that appeal to children. I will conduct a mini-panel study on students when they are in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade One. Participants will be randomized; students in creative classrooms versus students not in creative classrooms. This will be done within one cohort of students in the same school. Students’ performance in Reading, Phonological awareness, Language, Mathematics, and behavior will be recorded.
Data will be collected using five major data collection instruments: (1) Children’s Assessment; (2) Teachers’ Reports; (3) Teachers’ Questionnaires, (4) Parents’ Interview, and (5) Classroom Observation. Moreover, data will be analyzed using quantitative
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