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Project approach by carla

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Project approach by carla

  1. 1. China in the Ganon<br />The Project Approach in ECD<br />
  2. 2. What is a Project?<br />In-depth investigation of a particular subject. <br />Teacher selects the topic of study based on the children's interests. <br />
  3. 3. How is a topic selected?<br />Observing and listening to the children, while playing and interacting<br />Examples from GHA: South Africa, Dogs, Bats, Animals<br />
  4. 4. Phases of the Project<br />1: Assess knowledge, formulate research questions, engage families, plan investigation<br />2: Topic web, experts, field trip, research with authentic materials, representation<br />3: Culminating event, children tell story of the learning, personalization of the knowledge (through various “languages”)<br />
  5. 5. This year’s projects in Ganon<br />
  6. 6. Bamboo<br />Schach<br />Questions about bamboo<br />Bamboo in the play area<br />Items made from bamboo<br />Sketching<br />Where is it grown?<br />YouTube videos<br />Pandas eat bamboo<br />Noticed that the conversations and interest were now focused on Panda Bears<br />Kids started bringing in books about Pandas, toy pandas<br />Used the bamboo in our classroom to build a “forest” for their toy pandas<br />During freeplay they pretended they were Pandas<br />
  7. 7. Pandas<br />Books and photos of Pandas<br />Computer lab, SMARTboard<br />Clay<br />Invited an “expert” on Pandas<br />Private panda tour at the zoo<br />During this time of course it was mentioned that Pandas in the wild only live in China…<br />…They began talking a lot about China<br />Provocation with Chinese umbrella, some magazines and they started asking some questions <br />On to China…<br />
  8. 8. China<br />Books, photos, info at computer lab<br />Read a lot of children’s stories based in China<br />Made our own “rice paddy”<br />Skype <br />Fans<br />Silk<br />Calligraphy <br />Chai Peking?<br />Book making<br />Dads’ Morning<br />Just getting started…Who know what tomorrow may bring?<br />
  9. 9. The investigation:<br />What does the learning look like?<br />
  10. 10. Children’s ideas<br />ZELLIK - They people's eyes turn down and they speak differently. Their writing is funny. They eat with chopsticks.<br />SHAYNA - Chopsticks are made from wood, not metal like forks.<br />SIMON - They eat different food like a lot of carrots and seaweed. (In response, Zellik also said he knew they ate seaweed.)<br />
  11. 11. Children’s questions<br />JOSIAH - How many kids go to school there?<br />ZION - Do only China people live there?<br />ELLA - How many people live in China?<br />MATAN - How big is China?<br />RACHEL - Is it near the ocean?<br />SHAYNA - Is China bigger than Texas and do they have different kinds<br /> of taxis there?<br />MANNY - How many cars in China?<br />ZELLIK - How many roads are there and how many traffic lights?<br />KAREN - Is there a Jewish Day School?<br />SIMON - Do they have restaurants?<br />MIKEY - How do they write their letters?<br />
  12. 12. How did we learn about China?<br />Books<br />
  13. 13. How did we learn about China?<br />Books<br />
  14. 14. How did we learn about China?<br />Enhancing the environment with Chinese print<br />
  15. 15. How did we learn about China?<br />Studying currency<br />
  16. 16. How did we learn about China?<br />Drawing characters and making flags<br />
  17. 17. How did we learn about China?<br />Field work at the zoo<br />
  18. 18. How did we learn about China?<br />Field work at the zoo<br />
  19. 19. How did we learn about China?<br />Field work at the zoo<br />
  20. 20. How did we learn about China?<br />Field work at the zoo<br />
  21. 21. How did we learn about China?<br />Making fans<br />
  22. 22. How did we learn about China?<br />Clay<br />
  23. 23. How did we learn about China?<br />Technology<br />
  24. 24. How did we learn about China?<br />Sensory experiences<br />
  25. 25. How did we learn about China?<br />Representational art<br />
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  29. 29. How did we learn about China?<br />Sketching<br />
  30. 30. Sketching<br />
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  32. 32. Why the project approach?<br />From the teacher’s perspective<br />

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