Alabama Pathways

Learning Experiences and Enrichment

What do high quality caregivers, teachers and administrators need to know?

Pathways Core Knowledge Areas are distinct categories of study that prepare early childhood professionals to facilitate children’s learning and development.  For each Core Knowledge Area, there are competencies defining a progressive attainment of understanding, knowledge and skills  As early childhood professionals advance in their careers, the content (competency objective) of the training will become more advanced based on what the professional needs to know at his/her level of experience.Alabama Pathway has adopted eight (8) Core Knowledge Areas with related basic, intermediate and advanced competencies.

Core Knowledge Area:

Learning Experiences and Enrichment – Understand developmentally effective approaches to teaching and learning; know how to establish a learning environment that meets each child’s needs, capabilities, and interests; know how to utilize knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate programs that promote positive development and learning for young children.

Rationale: The teacher in the early care and education program plans, implements, assesses, and interacts within the learning environment daily to foster children’s involvement and development in all areas. The environment includes the physical space, indoor and outdoor, that creates an atmosphere that promotes active learning, self-esteem, social interactions, and joy of learning. The physical learning environment is crucial to the development and growth of young children.

Early childhood curriculum is based on sound principles of child development, recognizing that each child is a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth and development. A variety of developmental levels, learning styles and interests are expected, accepted and used to design appropriate activities. Teachers recognize that children learn most effectively through a concrete, play-oriented approach in which they interact with appropriate materials, the environment, and others in a context that is relevant to their experiences and development. Recognizing that the acquisition of language is an active developmental process, teachers help children develop communication skills by observing, listening, and interacting.

 

BASIC:

LEE-1 Demonstrates a developing awareness of age appropriate learning environments for young children by providing classrooms that are safe and well maintained, divided into interest areas with adequate play space in each area, contain a variety of real materials accessible to children and that promote active development in all areas.

LEE-2 Demonstrates a developing ability to arrange age appropriate outdoor learning environments by providing a variety of activities, such as climbing, swinging, building, running, and relaxing.

LEE-3 Demonstrates a developing ability to accommodate children with special needs by adapting the learning environment to meet the needs of each individual child.

LEE-4 Demonstrates a developing awareness of the importance of the development of the whole child by providing daily schedules, routines and activities in the areas of physical/motor, social/emotional, language/cognitive and adaptive/living skills and by acknowledging that basic
care giving activities such as dressing, feeding, toileting and rocking are a part of the child’s developmental learning experiences.

LEE-5 Demonstrates a developing awareness of the importance of play in children’s early development by facilitating and enriching play in the child’s environment.

LEE-6 Demonstrates a developing awareness of the importance of providing opportunities for children to make choices by providing activities that allow children to make choices that reflect their own individual interests.

LEE-7 Demonstrates a developing awareness of appropriate small and large group activities by including child initiated and teacher designed experiences based on the needs and interests of the children.

LEE-8 Demonstrates a developing awareness of the importance of providing experiences where children can construct their own knowledge by providing opportunities for problem solving and inquiry experiences.

LEE-9 Demonstrates a developing awareness of how children learn by providing blocks of uninterrupted time for children to persist at self-chosen activities, both indoors and out.

LEE-10 Demonstrates a developing awareness of child growth and development by using concrete experiences and play to support, extend and develop language and emergent literacy.

LEE-11 Demonstrates a developing awareness that each child’s creative expression is unique by emphasizing the process of creating instead of the end product.

LEE-12 Demonstrates a developing awareness of the importance of creative expression by providing opportunities for children to play with sound, rhythm, language, materials, space and ideas in individual ways to express creative abilities.

 

INTERMEDIATE:

LEE-13 Demonstrates knowledge of the importance of the indoor learning environment in the optimal growth and development of young children by planning and implementing age appropriate environments that encourage play, active learning and exploration and that include the following characteristics: a safe and well maintained room divided into interest areas with adequate play space in each area; a variety of real materials arranged and labeled with adequate materials for several children; materials accessible to children; and materials that promote cultural awareness.

LEE-14 Demonstrates knowledge of the importance of the outdoor learning environment in the optimal growth and development of young children by planning and implementing a variety of age appropriate activities, such as climbing, swinging, building, running, relaxing and exploring.

LEE-15 Demonstrates knowledge of the development of the whole child by planning and implementing a variety of activities which foster development in all domains including physical/motor, social/emotional, cognitive/language, and adaptive/living skills.

LEE-16 Demonstrates knowledge of the developmental appropriateness of the curriculum by planning and implementing learning experiences that emphasizes play, active manipulation of concrete materials, child choice and decision making, problem solving, exploration of the environment and interaction with others.

LEE-17 Demonstrates the use of appropriate small and large group activities by emphasizing child initiated experiences along with teacher designed activities based on the needs and interest of the children.

LEE-18 Demonstrates the promotion of children’s ability to persist at self-chosen activities by planning and implementing daily schedules for various groups· of children which include uninterrupted blocks of time for self-selected play that are appropriate for that group.

LEE-19 Demonstrates the ability to foster children’s language development by selecting and implementing concrete learning experiences and enhancing children’s emergent literacy.

LEE-20 Demonstrates support for all children’s individual creativity by ensuring that all children have access to opportunities that allow for individual creative expression rather than uniform products.

LEE-21 Demonstrates knowledge of accommodation by modifying curriculum to meet individual children’s needs.

ADVANCED:

LEE-22 Demonstrates knowledge of the developmental appropriateness of the program’s curriculum by basing all planning decisions on recent research, developmental theories, and personal observations and by informing others about the connection between developmentally appropriate curriculum and theories of child growth and development.

LEE-23 Demonstrates knowledge of the positive effects of play on children’s development by ensuring the facilitation and enrichment of children’s play through appropriate adult interactions and by informing others of the importance and appropriateness of play in children’s
development.

LEE-24 Demonstrates acceptance and encouragement of diversity by ensuring all materials, literature, and experiences in the early childhood environment and curriculum are reflective of the cultures of the children, families and community.

LEE-25 Demonstrates the importance of current early childhood research and observations of individual children by developing and implementing daily schedules that recognize children’s ability to persist at uninterrupted, self• selected play by informing others about the importance of providing children with opportunities to persist at self-selected activities.·

LEE-26 Demonstrates support for children’s creativity in the development of the whole child by modifying and adapting time, space and materials to meet the needs and interest of each individual child and by informing others about the importance or children’s creative development.

LEE-27 Demonstrates the ability to ensure all young children’s active and quiet learning by adapting and modifying indoor and outdoor learning environments to meet the needs of individual children and to ensure access and maximal use by all children, including children with special
needs.

LEE-28 Demonstrates knowledge of the role of the learning environment in young children’s development of initiative, responsibility and sense of self control by informing others about the role of the learning environment in the growth and development of young children.

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