Big as Life: The Everyday Inclusive Curriculum (Vol. 1)
This book offers a curriculum that integrates multicultural and anti-bias education and fosters the development of children ages 4 through 8, with equal emphasis on self-identity, cognitive, language, physical, creative, emotional, and social development. It is divided into two parts. Part 1 outlines the elements of a transformative curriculum, including its relevant goals and objectives. Part 2 contains eight curriculum units: bodies, boys and girls, communication, families, feelings, my people, our class, and planet earth. Each unit contains a section entitled "Teaching Through the Interest Areas," which suggests materials to add to each interest area to support the curriculum unit. The areas are presented alphabetically: art, blocks, dramatic play, literacy, manipulatives, music, science, and sensory. "Investigating the Theme" the largest section of each unit, contains activity ideas to support cognitive, creative, emotional, social, and language development. "Affirming Ourselves and One Another" contains activities that focus on cultural identity, diversity, bias and stereotypes, human rights, social action, and community service. The last section, "Opening the Door", includes suggestions to support parent involvement, parent education, classroom visitors, and field trips. At the end of each unit, a list of commercial resources that support the unit is included.
Stacey York. Big as Life: The Everyday Inclusive Curriculum (Vol. 1) (1998). Redleaf Press: St. Paul, MN.
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