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The Project Approach in the Early Years (Parts I, II, and III)

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit is designed to introduce teachers to the project approach. It contains:

  • Expected training outcomes
  • Preparation instructions
  • Training strategies and tips
  • Implementation steps
  • Follow-up activities for teachers
  • Follow-up activities for administrators/directors
  • A learning assessment
  • A training evaluation/further needs assessment
  • A resource list
  • The article “The Project Approach in the Early Years” by Lillian G. Katz
  • A training certificate to award to teachers for attendance and participation
  • A certificate for the trainer and other presenters

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audience for this kit is intermediate and advanced teachers working with children from age 3 to 8.

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
This training kit is implemented in three 1.5-hour sessions with each session building on the previous one. Preparation time for this kit is 2.0 hours initially and an additional .5 hours for each subsequent session.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will identify the three phases of a project.
  2. Teachers will analyze a curriculum project.
  3. Teachers will use observation to identify potential topics of interest to children.
  4. Teachers will identify possible project ideas to explore with children in their classrooms.
  5. Teachers will implement one project to explore the project approach to curriculum further.

These training outcomes address the following:

  • A-10, B5, B7 of the Accreditation Criteria and Procedures of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC, 1998).
  • 4a, b, c, and d of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level (NAEYC, 2003).
  • Standards 1304.21(a)(1)(iv) and 1304.21(c)(2) of Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register: Nov. 5, 1996, Volume 61, Number 215).

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