TITLE

Exploring Madlenka

PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
YC: Young Children;May2004, Vol. 59 Issue 3, p59
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article offers examples of how to use problem posing as a framework for an integrated early childhood curriculum. The two examples offered in the article show how "Madlenka," a multicultural children's book by Peter Sis, can be the basis for integrated curriculum activities for two age levels. In the first example, which took place in a preschool classroom of three- and four-year-olds, After reading and talking about the story, the teacher explained the activities at the centers, and the children dispersed to play and work alone, with peers, and with family volunteers. Each child took home a letter from the teacher explaining the class study of neighborhood cultures and suggesting that the family should create a mural or other form of artistic expression to tell a story about them. In the second example, which took place in a preschool classroom of first-graders, the teacher and the children discussed the various components of culture, such as food, holidays, clothing, languages, and daily habits of life. The teacher provided historical texts and works of literature and art from various cultures according to the children's interests and study topics. An entire thematic, student-centered unit derived from the children's questions and curiosities. INSET: Futher activities..
ACCESSION #
17823421

Tags: PROBLEM solving in children -- Cross-cultural studies;  MADLENKA (Book);  SIS, Peter;  ACTIVITY programs in early childhood education;  PROBLEM-based learning;  ACTIVE learning

 

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