Capstone/Dissertation Title

Incorporating the concept of classroom community within a curriculum for pre-kindergarten learners

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this capstone was, how can the concept of classroom community be incorporated within a curriculum for pre-kindergarten learners? It documents the research suggesting the importance of developing social/emotional skills in the early childhood years. The author, influenced by the following four theories brain-based education, emotional intelligence, multiple intelligence and progressive education, creates a comprehensive pre-kindergarten curriculum. This eight-week curriculum uses three key components of the Responsive Classroom model: Morning meeting, Academic choice and Reporting to Parents. Driven by a strong belief that the pre-kindergarten experience is the foundation for life long learning, this Early Childhood Teacher emphasizes that optimal curriculum integration includes both social/emotional and cognitive skills.

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