Cultural Curriculum for American Indian
This hands-on “make and take” class will give you the theoretical background, strategies and activities you need to make cultural early childhood cultural curriculum a success. You’ll learn how to motivate children through culture, native language and imagination while helping children develop positive self-concepts and skills to succeed in two worlds. We’ll thoroughly explore national early childhood curriculum standards and student development goals and equip you with the tools you need to measure whether these standards and goals have been met.
Everything we discuss will include a careful examination of bi-cultural and multi-cultural considerations. You’ll learn how to plan and develop daily and long-term curriculum that’s based on local culture and also meets national standards. Plus, you’ll learn effective implementation strategies and be made aware of the range of materials and resources that are available to teachers.
Be sure to bring stories from your culture or tribe to share—we’ll use these stories to build a thematic unit you can implement upon returning home. All lessons developed during the class will be shared! Learn how to build or develop a culture trunk(s) for use in the classroom to help demonstrate information about AI cultures--including their own--to young children. Discover the ways other early childhood education programs in tribal communities are effectively teaching through culture in their classrooms and programs, and begin to build your own set of teacher resources that are culturally, linguistically and developmentally-appropriate and can be used again and again.
Perfect for teachers and program directors from head start, early childhood education programs and child care centers operated by tribes, and/or private operators for children ages 2 ½ to 6 years old.
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