Create a curriculum for the child

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  1. Know the child from many different perspectives
  2. Reflect on how they best receive and process information
  3. Write ideas to create curriculum for this child
  4. Implement these ideas
  5. Evaluate with families and key support services and adjust
  6. Repeat

To meet a child’s needs we need to know them and create curriculum just for them.

We need to look at this from:

  • Child’s Perspective
  • Parent’s Perspective
  • Educator’s Perspective
  • Director’s Perspective

Let’s look at Edward

Step 1 what do we know about Edward?

Edward:

  • comes to the service 3 days a week
  • lives with his mother father and big sister
  • loves trucks, diggers and road signs and has a room full of toy trucks, diggers and road signs
  • starts to run and hit when he becomes over stimulated. This is often caused by large groups, other children crying and children sharing his road sign images or diggers in the sandpit
  • loves spinning around and rolling around on the floor.

Step 2 Reflect on how they best receive and process information.

What we know Comments and Ideas
Edward finds large group activities difficult Is Edward engaged? Is our equipment interesting to him? Is there an opportunity to create small group learning?
When overstimulated becomes challenging to bring back, needs lots of support to self regulate Be mindful when the room is getting too noisy. Is there too many noisy resources provided at one time? Is there a plan in place to support Edward and identify when he needs quiet time. Are educators aware of Edward’s triggers and cues?

Step 3 – Write ideas to create curriculum for this child

What we know Comments and Ideas
Edward comes 3 days a week and likes to help Is Edward engaged? Is our equipment challenging? Are educators supporting Edward’s inclusion?
Edward lives with his mother, father and big sister Could we go for a home visit? Have we worked with all Edward’s family members to get a clear idea of his family life?
Edward brought in a picture of all his diggers and trucks. I want to know everything about diggers – build your knowledge to share a common interest, find a book from the library or watch a video clip.
Edward has lots of energy and enjoys spinning and rolling. Do we need to add a heap more exercise 2 to 3 times a day to wear him out? Should we introduce heavy things to move around, like a sled?

Step 4 Implement these ideas.

Remember the guiding principle is ‘Meeting the Child’s needs.” Edward’s needs are he wants to be a part of this learning environment and do what the adults are doing. Edward needs to:

  • Be listened to. He needs to tell you and everybody how much he knows about his world
  • Create experiences that are challenging and aligned to his interest
  • Have systems in place to support communication.

Step 5 Evaluate with families and key support services and adjust

Step 6 Repeat

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