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Early Education Curriculum: A Child’s Connection to the World, 7th Edition

  • Nancy Beaver
  • Susan Wyatt
  • Hilda Jackman
  • ISBN-10: 1305960637
  • ISBN-13: 9781305960633
  • 480 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2012, 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

EARLY EDUCATION CURRICULUM: A CHILD'S CONNECTION TO THE WORLD focuses on the role of observation and assessment in early childhood programming, the process of planning and implementing a curriculum, setting up an inclusive child-centered environment, and the uses of evaluation and documentation for continuous program improvement. Updated with current research and standards, the text continues to present new material on brain research that underlies teaching ideas as well as information on reflective practice, intentional teaching, and using the environment as a teaching tool. The seventh edition includes more material on diversity and diversity strategies, activity plans for different age groups, and more floor plans. New case studies provide examples of how activities planned align with specific standards, and allow students to apply knowledge gained to real-life situations. The book retains its strong applied focus on the how-to's of teaching, with many hands-on teaching tips.


  • A multi-page correlation chart on the inside front and back covers links each of the main standards (NAEYC, DAP, InTASC, and Head Start) to related content within the textbook chapters. This feature helps faculty to identify standards that are emphasized in each chapter and those standards' relationship to other major standards.

  • Updated research, national standards, NAEYC guidelines, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices assure that students and experienced teachers alike gain knowledge of current thinking regarding the early childhood curriculum. The inclusion of developmentally appropriate activities helps readers translate theory and research into practical application.

  • Reflective Review Questions at the end of each chapter help students check their understanding. Explorations activities involve students in active learning; for instance, students might be asked to plan a fine motor activity for young children, or use an environment checklist to conduct an observation of an early childhood learning environment.

  • The book incorporates an up-to-date emphasis on multicultural/anti-bias curriculum; authentic observation, assessment, and evaluation; special needs adaptations and modifications; guidance techniques; and technology.

  • Detailed descriptions of how to involve families in their children's learning are included.

  • All chapters are separate and complete, allowing instructors to use them in any order if they wish. At the same time, the chapters in their original sequence form a complete curriculum for children from infancy to age eight.


"This textbook is engaging and innovative. If you are looking for a book that offers research based content and practices, along with real world application...this is the book that you need and want in your classes. It's great for a first time instructor, who needs support in creating courses and implementing content. But, it's also great for veteran teachers who are looking to add to their coursework...who are looking to create more engaging assignments, real world applications, and infuse technology into both."
— Karri D. Mahlum, Ed.D., Casper College

About the Author

Nancy Beaver

Nancy H. Beaver, M.Ed., was awarded the Trainer of the Year award by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC) in 2005 and the Pat Kennedy Teacher Educator award by Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children in 2006. Program Administrator for the Child Development and Teacher Education programs at Eastfield College, she also serves as adjunct faculty for both Eastfield and the University of North Texas. Beaver was one of the first professors in the nation to teach Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential preparation courses under the CDA Council's P3 project and has taught CDA college credit courses for 24 years. She has served in many roles on the Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children (DAEYC) board, including serving as president twice. She also has served as vice president of the Texas AEYC. She has been an NAEYC Academy Center Accreditation assessor and validator and has twice been an academy commissioner. She served as president and vice president for Collaboration for ACCESS: American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators and currently serves as board secretary. She is past co-president and secretary of the Child Development Educators of Texas.

Susan Wyatt

Susan Skinner Wyatt, Ph.D., is chair of the Child Development/Teacher Preparation program at Eastfield College. She has served as executive director of the Dallas Association for Parent Education, interim dean of the Eastfield College Social Science Division, director and teacher in various child care programs, public school teacher at the junior and senior high levels, and coordinator and developer of a high school magnet child development program. She also has experience in counseling, curriculum development, and grant writing and speaks and conducts workshops across the country. In 2003, Dr. Wyatt was awarded both the Eastfield College and DCCCD's Innovator of the Year Award, as well as the Excellence Award by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Dr. Wyatt serves on several boards, including, among others, the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, Dallas Association for Parent Education (president), and Child Development Educators' Association of the Texas Community College Teacher's Association. She has served as chair of the curriculum committee for Child Development and Education, is a peer reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children's child development associate and bachelor's degree accreditations, and is a regional faculty member for the American Heart Association. She was named the state of Texas' Minnie Stevens Piper Professor in 2009.

Hilda Jackman

Hilda L. Jackman is Professor Emerita at Brookhaven College, Dallas County Community College District. Ms. Jackman has worked with children and families for over 40 years in both children’s theatre and children’s television, and as an educator and consultant. She is the author of several early childhood books, including SING ME A STORY! TELL ME A SONG! CREATIVE THEMATIC ACTIVITIES FOR TEACHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN (2005), also published by Cengage Learning.

Table of Contents

1. Starting the Process.
2. Observation and Assessment.
3. Creating Curriculum.
4. The Learning Environment.
5. Language and Literacy.
6. Creativity: Art and Music.
7. The Child's World: Social Studies and Dramatic Play.
8. Sensory Play.
9. Science.
10. Math.
11. Fine Motor and Manipulative Play.
12. Large Motor and Outdoor Play.
13. Construction: Blocks and Woodworking.
14. Putting It All Together: Evaluation and Documentation.
Appendix A: My Self: Integrated Theme-Based Unit Ideas.
Appendix B: Activities and Songs.
Appendix C: Songs and Poems.
Appendix D: Forms.
Appendix E: Resources for Teachers.
Appendix F: Additional Standards by Chapter including Common Core State Contact Information.
Appendix G: Professional Organizations.

New to this edition

  • Updated to include the most current research and standards, this edition presents new and expanded material on brain research and technology that underlies teaching ideas as well as greater emphasis on reflective practice, intentional teaching, and using the environment as a teaching tool. Content reflects greater sensitivity to all age groups through the second grade and ways to more effectively teach children from diverse backgrounds. At the same time, the book retains its strong applied focus on the how-to's of teaching, with numerous new hands-on teaching ideas.
  • Updated chapter-opening Student Learning Outcomes are correlated to main sections of the chapter, guiding students' reading and showing them what they need to learn, process, and understand in the chapter. The outcomes are linked to new numbered chapter summary points that appear in a question-and-answer format, reinforcing students' knowledge and skills.
  • Standards-related coverage (NAEYC, DAP, InTASC, NSES, Common Core, ILA, NVAS, NSME, and Head Start) is integrated throughout the text. Each chapter opener lists the standards to be addressed in the upcoming material, and relevant content throughout the chapter is identified by an icon.
  • A new Case Study feature provides examples of how planned activities align with specific standards as well as opportunities for students to apply knowledge they have gained to resolve real-life situations.
  • The TeachSource Video Case boxes (one per chapter) that were integrated throughout the text now reside in the MindTap® digital product as the second activity in the learning path. Video Cases enable students to engage with the chapter in an interesting manner, activate relevant prior knowledge, and begin to build foundational understanding of the chapter content.
  • The updated Appendix F, Additional Standards by Chapter, contains contact information for the Common Core standards and for the state standards sites that do not use the common core. This allows teachers and students to be able to easily access their state's standards to use in creating curriculum.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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