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Unit 5: Competency Goal #2
Competency Goal 2: Steps to Advance Children's Physical and Intellectual Competence
Steps to Advance Children's Physical and Intellectual Competency
Candidates will actively communicate with children and provide opportunities and support for children to understand, acquire, and use spoken and written language to communicate their thoughts and feelings.
You should understand that communicative competence is the basis for all intellectual development. Therefore, you will develop realistic expectations for each child's understanding and use of speech based on knowledge of language development and individual children at different ages.
Use everyday conversation to enrich and expand children's vocabularies. Talk often with individual children and listen attentively to children. By doing so, you will see how you help children learn, understand, and use words to express thoughts, questions, feelings, ideas and needs.
You should be able to set up a language-rich environment. Develop your skills to read books to children, record stories that children dictate, write information on children's drawings when requested, label objects, and in many everyday, useful ways show the relationship between spoken and printed words. You should incorporate the home language of children into the everyday environment and develop skills for working with English language learners.
Develop a repertoire of appropriate songs, stories, finger plays and games, including those from various cultures, to promote children's overall communicative competence as well as phonological awareness. And extend your skills for reading books to children and be able to use a flannel board, puppets, and other techniques that interest and involve children.
Candidate will plan learning experiences to build early literacy and early mathematics skills that contribute to children's understanding of the world an to later school success.
You should understand the early literacy skills that come before and lead up to conventional reading and writing. You should become familiar with research about concepts such as book appreciation, print awareness, early writing, phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge and know how to provide learning experiences that promote children's acquisition of early literacy skills in age appropriate ways.
You should understand how to use teaching strategies that promote mathematics learning. You should know concepts such as number operations, spatial sense, and patterns and measurement, and know how to build children's skills through planned concrete experiences, play, and routines.
Candidate will plan learning experiences that stimulate children to play with sound, rhythm, language, materials, space, and ideas in individual ways so they can express their own creative abilities.
You should understand the importance of focusing on the creative process. You will see why it is not appropriate to expect uniformity in children's creations by providing models for children to reproduce or by "helping" children by doing most of the project for them.
You should know appropriate and inappropriate activities for creative expression for different age groups and be able to provide unstructured, creative materials for various age groups. You should appreciate the value of and offer messy play activities for children such as water, sand, and finger painting. You should understand the value of teaching children specific techniques that enable them to use materials in their own creative ways, such as how to work with real clay.
You should support children's aesthetic development through learning experiences involving music, art, literature, dance, role-playing, celebrations, and activities drawn from children's cultural groups.
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