[R-0233] S4. Instructional Planning

Citation: Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center. (2017). Opening doors to learning. Practice Guide. Retrieved from Center [or enter “ECTA Opening doors to learning Practice Guide” in your search window].

Abstract: This practice guide provides information that will help early childhood teachers use activities outside of the classroom to increase the participation and learning of their children.

Integration: The information in this practice guide fits well with content presented in the early childhood courses Child, Family, and Community; Creative Activities; Curriculum Planning; Exploration Activities; and Language and Literacy Experiences.

Content Focus: Assessment; Child, Family, and Community; Creative Activities; Curriculum Planning; Engagement; Exploration Activities; Inclusion; Language and Literacy Experiences; Observation; Participation

Notes: In a section titled Quick Peek, this practice guide provides an example of teachers using activities outside of the classroom to increase the participation and learning of their children. Have your students create additional examples to share with the class. After viewing the 2:21-minute video embedded in this guide, have students discuss the activities children took part in that both engaged them and promoted cognitive learning.