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Preschool Resource Room
I have given lots of thought about this area of the child care. It seems the parents want some evidence that we have been doing something all day. I like how Lisa Murphy put it at one of her conferences, "Art is not a receipt for child care." I can feel the almost relief from the parents when their child has a paper of some sort to take home. In my heart I know children don't learn as much from paper and pencil, coloring books, worksheets, etc. Children learn best by doing. My job is providing the materials and support to let the child learn on their own.
I have changed my thinking quite a bit and researched what it means to have a child centered curriculum. I think I am somewhere between a "themed" curriculum and a "child directed" curriculum. I am sharing what I've found works for me.