chapter  1
19 Pages

An All-Day Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten

Think about a classroom as an artificial environment, a box in which as many as 25 pre-kindergarten or kindergarten children and their teacher dwell during a 5-to 6-hour school day. In this environment, the simplistic image of a teacher as a stand-up entertainer who changes focus every few minutes cannot compete with the adrenalin pumps of constantly changing television images and computer games. This book discusses ways to consider why, what, and how it makes sense for teachers to deal with the complex ways in which young children can make sense of a complex world. It also deals with how they can learn many of the concepts, facts, skills, and attitudes needed in order to become intelligent citizens.