It can be all too easy to fall into the routine of planning predictable curriculum themes year after year. However, despite the learning opportunities that seasonal and celebration themes can present, they may not interest all children and can inhibit children from following their own natural learning interests. Repeated themes can also become monotonous for Educators where it may be difficult to feel enthused and excited by a particular topic, if repeated on a continuous basis.
So how do I change this practice?
Emergent curriculum is a way of planning curriculum that focuses on being responsive to children’s interests to create meaningful learning experiences. It can be used with any age from babies to pre-school children. Emergent curriculum is based on the idea that children learn best when curriculum experiences represent their interests, strengths, needs, and lived experiences.
This continuing professional development programme by Meantóir, will enable the educator to understand what emergent curriculum is and how to implement this pedagogical strategy when working with babies, toddlers and pre-school children.
Downloadable resources with this programme include:
• 2 planning templates (0-3’s and pre-school versions)
• A curriculum statement template
• 3 inquiry-based curriculum activities
• a personal cpd certificate
.. and much more in a presentation complete with audio and visual slides.