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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


Welcome to learning about how to effectively plan curriculum for young children. This textbook will address: • Developing curriculum through the planning cycle • Theories that inform what we know about how children learn and the best ways for teachers to support learning • The three components of developmentally appropriate practice • Importance and value of play and intentional teaching • Different models of curriculum • Process of lesson planning (documenting planned experiences for children) • Physical, temporal, and social environments that set the stage for children’s learning • Appropriate guidance techniques to support children’s behaviors as the self-regulation abilities mature. • Planning for preschool-aged children in specific domains including o Physical development o Language and literacy o Math o Science o Creative (the visual and performing arts) o Diversity (social science and history) o Health and safety • Making children’s learning visible through documentation and assessment


This book is a work in progress. My goal is to adapt an open textbook on strategies for young learners for students in the state of Tennessee. This book began as a remix of the open textbook Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education (2018) by Jennifer Paris, Kristin Beeve, and Clint Springer of the College of the Canyons. This text forms the primary “skeleton” that this text was organized by, although this had to be modified to fit with state of Tennessee early learning developmental standards. The open textbook Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education (2018) is freely available here: and here: I have sought to make this text consistent with the State of Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards, available here: In addition to my original content this textbook uses open source content. My goal is to give credit and proper citation to any material used in this text.

Course Title

Strategies for Early Learners

Course Prefix and Number

EDUC 2100




education; early learners; curriculum planning


Early Childhood Education | Higher Education

Document Type



514 leaves



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Strategies for Early Learners