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6.5: Conclusion

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    Decades of research have shown that playful learning, intentional teaching, and a rich curriculum help children learn about the world and master language and literacy. The principles and strategies provided in this chapter are based on this research. Teachers must be mindful of what the research has revealed about how children acquire a vast array of knowledge and skills. However, teachers must also assume responsibility for weaving together a program that combines children’s play with their own specific plans in ways that secure a bright academic future for each child. By definition, this means that children’s interest in and motivation to learn are maintained. The satisfaction and joy of teaching come from knowing that the very best efforts were made and from seeing the results of such efforts in the children’s faces every day. The progress documented for each child over the course of a year also brings joy and satisfaction.[1]

    Pause to Reflect

    What are some of the ways language and literacy occur naturally in the everyday lives of children? What are additional things that teachers will need to intentionally bring into the program (this could include materials, interactions, activities, environmental design, etc.)?


    [1] The California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1 by the California Department of Education is used with permission

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