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Education and Child Study 231:
Foundations and Issues of Early Childhood Education,
Susan Etheredge, Spring 2009 & 2010

Students explore how young children think and learn.  They also examine the teaching/learning relationship in the early childhood classroom.  Using the Lyman Plant House as the site of a semester-long investigation of leaves and bulbs, students pursue an understanding of inquiry-based teaching and learning contexts for young children.  Students engage kindergarteners of the Campus School in this collaborative inquiry through observing, collecting data, sketching, photographing, generating metaphoric language and learning scientific language to describe the leaves, reading and writing poetry, keeping journals and notebooks, and contributing to a small exhibition at the Plant House on their inquiry and study.  Botanic Garden staff provide an introductory tour.  Course funds are used for books and supplies.   

To see the Smith College News online article CLICK HERE.
To see online exhibit of the kindergarteners' artwork, CLICK HERE.
 


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