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Project approach to teaching in early childhood classrooms

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Early childhood educators have been using new teaching methods for the young children in their classrooms for several years. Early childhood educators now have access to better training that aids in learning to use a variety of teaching methods. Worksheets are a thing of the past. Hands-on activities should be the method of choice.

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The project approach to teaching young children is one of the new methods of teaching that early childhood educators are now using. The project approach to teaching a concept to young children is an approach that can enable children in learning how one idea can be linked to others. All subjects can be incorporated into a project learning experience. A curriculum concept is taught in-depth when the project approach is used. Using the project approach in an early childhood classroom can enhance interest in the concept that is being taught. Young children are also able to develop a longer attention span if the project approach is used when introducing a new concept. The project approach is carried through several weeks during a learning period. Math, social skills such as working together and sharing ideas when taking turns, fine-motor skills, and language skills can all be incorporated into a project approach in an early childhood classroom.

Early childhood educators at the Circle of Friends Preschool in Sarasota use the project approach when teaching a concept. Teachers observe children to learn about their interests before choosing a topic to develop a project around. Discussions, favorite books, and hands-on learning activities are all part of the project approach at Circle of Friends. All activities are open-ended, and children may work on an activity for as long as they like. A science project may incorporate math when measuring tools are used, language skills when children use words to discuss the science concept, listening skills are used when listening to a favorite book about a science concept such as the moon, and early writing skills can also be promoted when the project approach is used. Children may use early writing skills to write a daily journal report about an activity.

Early childhood teachers at the Circle Of Friends Preschool invite parents to visit your child's classroom to experience the use of the project approach in early learning. The Circle of Friends Preschool is accredited by the NAEYC, a national accreditation agency that encourages the use of the project approach when teaching young children. Circle of Friends Preschool is located at 2120 Webber Street in Sarasota.

Informative video included in my article today. Check out the fun slideshow inside a preschool classroom with a worm project.


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