E01.V.4.3 Careers in Early Childhood Education
Date Submitted: November 26 2014
Using the Lincoln Logs
I live in Cincinnati, OH very close to the Ohio river. I would have the children use the Lincoln logs to build a wooden bridge that spans this river.
(a) Take a long log and place on long edge of plastic. (b) Take another long log and place close to the first. (c) Take a 3rd long long and link the first 2. (d) Take 2 short logs and link the 2 long logs. (e) Repeat steps (b) through (d) until the structure is about 2 feet above the ground. (f) Repeat the preceding steps about 3 feet away to replicate the structure. (g) Place roofing logs on the ground between the two structures to connect them at the bottom.
The building of the bridge would be developmentally appropriate because many preschoolers can "dissemble and reassemble manipulative constructions" (Bredenkamp, 20014 pg 489) which aid in their fine motor development.
After building the bridge, I would have a discussion about the Cincinnati river and use such words as steamboat, riverbanks, trading, levee, traffic, flooding, rowboats, sunset, sunrise, etc.
"Preschoolers have a vocabulary of about 1,000 words" and are "lively conversation partners" (Bredekamp, 2014 pg 379), so engaging them in conversation would be appropriate, and aid in literary skills.
Using the Montessori Method
It is now late autumn in Cincinnati and there are many leaves on the ground. As a result, there are many people working on the removal of these leaves. I would play a game with the children in which they practice pouring a glass of milk at their separate stations to present to each worker.
(a) The child sits at his child size individual station. (b) The child is given a child size glass and a child size jug of milk. (c) The teacher demonstrates the action of pouring the milk into the glass. (d) The child practices...