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3rd Edition

The Early Childhood Curriculum
Inquiry Learning Through Integration

ISBN 9780367236113
Published July 13, 2020 by Routledge
400 Pages 78 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in a fully updated third edition, The Early Childhood Curriculum demonstrates how to confidently teach using inquiry-based methods that address the whole child while also meeting and exceeding academic standards.

Based on current research showing the powerful advantages of integrating the curriculum while providing inquiry opportunities, this text explores how to make such an approach work for all children, preschool through the primary grades. Since each curricular subject has its own integrity, there is a chapter for each discipline, grounding the reader in the essentials of the subject in order to foster knowledgeable and effective integration. Filled with real-life vignettes and activities, this third edition provides comprehensive information on the most recent trends in national curriculum standards and classroom technology, alongside a new section exploring the outdoors as a welcome learning environment.

Offering a foundation in early childhood theory, philosophy, research, and development, this unique textbook helps future teachers, as well as current educators, understand the "why" of curriculum in early childhood and invests them with the skills they need to move from simply following a script to knowledgeably creating curricula on their own.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Inquiry-Based Learning and Curriculum Integration: An Overview  1. An Introduction to Curriculum Integration and Inquiry Learning  2. The Child-Centered Learning Environment  3. Assessment and Standards  4. Connecting Curricula Through Themes and Units  5. Inquiry-Based Learning  Part 2. The Subject Areas  6. Language and Literacy  7. Mathematics  8. Science  9. Social Studies  10. Music, Dramatic Play, and Drama  11. Art  12. Movement and Physical Education  Part 3. Concluding Thoughts  13. The "Why" of Inquiry Learning and Curriculum Integration

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Suzanne L. Krogh is Professor Emerita of early childhood education at Western Washington University, USA.

Pamela Morehouse is a former Washington state elementary school teacher. She is a designer and instructor of Spanish and English adult literacy programs.


"This textbook provides an engaging blend of professional wisdom and practical application, set firmly in an historical context that traces the evolution of ECE curriculum content and methods. Current literature and research support integrative curriculum approaches, and students will enjoy each chapter’s explicit goals, illustrative vignettes, and relevant opportunities for reflection."

Kris Slentz, PhD, Professor Emerita, Early Childhood Special Education

"The Early Childhood Curriculum honors inquiry learning at its best. I’m especially pleased with the focus on outdoor learning, building on children’s natural curiosity, and integration of academic subjects. The book is fascinating to read and equally inspiring for a beginning teacher or a veteran teacher."

MaryAnn F. Kohl, Author, Educator, Consultant