Volume 2, Issue 7

In This Issue
Curriculum Selection
Article: Animals and Occupations: Why Theme-Based Curricula Work
Article: Exploration and Discovery! Creating an Enthusiastic, Exciting Classroom
July Enrollment Events
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute newsletter! This month CCEI discusses curriculum selection.
Freeing children to be creative is one of the most important things you as a teacher can do to encourage independent thinking and a positive self-concept. Providing an environment that supports creativity in young children encourages them to express emotions and feelings in acceptable and concrete ways. Environments that free children to be creative provide opportunities for the development of learning skills and problem solving skills.
Learn more about how to select and implement an appropriate curriculum that provides a creative environment to foster learning in the early childhood classroom in the course CCEI700, Planning An Early Childhood Environment That Promotes Creativity.
Share your creative ideas with other early childhood professionals on the CCEI Online Learning Community Discussion Thread.  The subject of this month's Online Learning Community Discussion Thread is Curriculum Selection.  Participants during the month of July will receive a tuition voucher for $15 to be used toward the tuition of future professional development coursework. (Limit one voucher per participant) 
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Animals and Occupations: Why Theme-Based Curricula Work
By Sandra Rollins Hurley, Ph.D., and Sally Blake, Ph.D.
One week the curriculum theme is farm animals. The next week it's community helpers and other occupations, or things that fly. Almost every child care center and preschool has used a theme-based curriculum at one time or another. Thematic units are popular among young children and teachers alike. What many early childhood educators don't realize is that the use of thematic units provides an integrated approach to teaching and learning. Such an integrated approach is supported by research on how the brain works and how human beings learn. Ultimately, the use of thematic units helps young children achieve higher levels of learning.
Printed courtesy of Early Childhood News
Exploration and Discovery! Creating an Enthusiastic, Exciting Classroom
By Sue Miles, Ed.D
Most teachers remember the excitement they felt as they approached their first early childhood teaching assignment. The summer before I began to teach I dreamed of what the children would be like and the interesting subjects, concepts, and ideas we would explore together. It was with great care that I mentally designed the classroom environment-not only the children's name tags and welcoming items for the room, but the entire environment in which the children would play and learn.
Printed courtesy of Early Childhood News

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Calendar of Events

July 23, 24, and 25 - Visit CCEI at the Texas Head Start Conference, Moody Gardens Convention Center, in Galveston, Texas.

August 24, 25, 26 - Visit CCEI at the Southeast Early Childhood Expo, in Atlanta, Georgia at The Cobb Galleria.


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