into a classroom with a very clear, established daily routine.The curriculum must be adapted to minimize the amount of variations in the students’ daily routines if at all possible. The educator must also re-arrange the classroom
to group activities based on the students’ interests and age-appropriate activities, like art, music, reading, puzzles, free play, and so on (Hohmann, Weikart, & Epstein, 2008).The HighScope learning plan is quite unique, in that it is almost a Montessori-stylelearning system, but it involves a greater community involvement for the students. One ofthe excellent things about this particular program is that classroom design and layout can influence children and their interests; for example, integrating certain themed topics into the areas of the classroom where students are free to explore can give them great insight into their personal interests. A blocks station that includes the opportunity to build simple robots, for instance, would be a great benefit to the students in the classroom. To integratetechnology into the classroom, each classroom section can involve technology—perhaps e-readers or tablets will be an option for children interested in reading, while those doing art can take pictures of their art and post these images on the classroom webpage or social media site. This will allow students to learn about the potential for technology, without being forced to learn about aspects of technology that fail to interest them at first.Part BTechnology can be an excellent way for children to learn to understand change, particularly change over time, which can be a very complex concept for young children (Hohmann, Weikart, & Epstein, 2008). Children in the early childhood classroom are just
beginning to understand object permanence, so the idea of change is still quite complex and new to them (Elango, García, Heckman & Hojman, 2015).Lesson One: Using Robots to Understand ChangeThis lesson involves the use of simple robots. These robots should be made of removable pieces that are conceptually easy for the child. The child should make a robot, and then note its actions and capabilities. The child should then, with his or her group, make a single change to the robot’s structure, and then make another note regarding the
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