Rethinking Kindergarten

Rethinking


Credits: 2 Credits
PD Hours: 80 Hours
Length: 4 Weeks

This class explores some of the most renowned preschools in the world, the preschools of Reggio Emilia in Italy. These preschools value the arts as an equal partner to the other academic subjects, provide rich interdisciplinary curriculum, and boast a full time art teacher who works in direct conjunction with the regular classroom teacher. Sound like a dream?

Too often, art teachers are unsure how to handle teaching kindergarten, especially when we teach such a wide range of age levels in one week. Did you notice kindergarten is becoming the next 1st grade? Should kindergarten students sit for 90 minutes at a time in their seats? Though this class, you will explore research findings from these famous schools.

You will apply this knowledge to re-think the way you teach early childhood students in the kindergarten art room. This course will allow you to directly apply your learning by giving you time to revamp your kindergarten lessons to better-fit student developmental needs. Join us as we rethink kindergarten, the Reggio way!

  • Learn the secrets of the best early-childhood programs in the world
  • Explore the ’6 Lessons’ Reggio teaches and plan ways to implement them in your classroom
  • Conduct an interview with an early childhood teacher to better understand basic development
  • Re-write your own lessons to better suit your youngest students
  • Learn actual classroom strategies in the Reggio Schools

No-Credit

$100/credit

  • Degree Level Graduate Credit
  • Morningside Grade Report
  • Morningside Transcript
  • Full HLC Degree-Level Accreditation
  • Letter Grade
  • 80+ PD Contact Hours
  • Full Access to Class Resources
  • Full Instructor Feedback
  • AOE Certificate of Course Completion
$200
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Credit

$250/credit

  • Degree Level Graduate Credit
  • Morningside Grade Report
  • Morningside Transcript
  • Full HLC Degree-Level Accreditation
  • Letter Grade
  • 80+ PD Contact Hours
  • Full Access to Class Resources
  • Full Instructor Feedback
  • AOE Certificate of Course Completion
$500
Buy Now

 

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Sample topics we’ll cover:

      • Project work
      • Emergent child-led curriculum
      • The teacher’s role in learning
      • Documentation as a method to share with the community
      • The languages of children and media
      • Early childhood interview
      • Varied learning environments and tours

 


Notes from past participants:

 

The material that I studied was very RELEVANT to my own personal quest to be a better Art teacher… I did not have to try and transform the learning of a general ed class in to what it might look like in an Art room… it was just there! I loved learning about this new teaching method and it really was a way to ‘rethink’ kindergarten education.

- Susan E.

 

I would definitely recommend this class, as well as the AOE community to my friends. The class was deep and interesting in content, and I liked conversing with others in the class through the discussion board. The assignments were relevant to my work and able to be used immediately.

- Amanda F.

 

I would recommend, “Rethinking Kindergarten” to a colleague because the class made me rethink about my own classroom and how I am teaching. I liked the discussions with my fellow classmates and the exchange of ideas.

- Angela K.

 


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