Posted on 10/27/2010 at 07:50 AM by Global Reach
For K-12, the Iowa CORE curriculum identifies essential concepts and skills by subject – literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and 21st century skills. The purpose is to improve teaching and learning.
The Iowa CORE Curriculum for Early Childhood is intended to support a seamless Pre-K through12 education system. It is also intended to inform school district administrators, curriculum directors and early childhood educators of the essential concepts and skills for children birth to kindergarten and to support the statewide efforts to improve teaching and learning.
The Iowa CORE for Early Childhood DOES NOT replace the Iowa Early Learning Standards. The Iowa CORE for Early Childhood IS the Iowa Early Learning Standards. The Iowa Early Learning Standards have been cross-referenced to the five areas of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and 21st century skills in the Iowa CORE curriculum.
For a copy of the Iowa CORE Curriculum for Early Childhood, go the Department of Education website. www.iowa.gov/educate
Iowa Core Curriculum: Birth to Five Essential Concepts and Skills
Iowa Early Learning Standards
So what do the social studies and 21st century skills look like in preschool? These ideas for four year old children were generated at the early childhood workshop on October 11th :
Create a money system in your preschool class. Then add a bank to the dramatic play area. Try including an ATM. Set up a store that uses your banking system.
Create a mapping activity for preschool classroom, school or playground. Then add your own version of a GPS (directions for getting from one place to another).
Create a classroom story using pictures taken by children (digital cameras and a ‘photographer of the day’) and entered into a computer. Publish the stories.
Create life stories of each child including pictures of child at different ages, pictures of siblings, parents.
Create a study of voting by setting up a voting booth and having an election. Vote on things that are important to young children!
Using classroom jobs, conduct “interviews” for the job. Include a pay/reward system to go with a job well done.