Sunday, September 13, 2009

Key Experiences in Early Childhood

This blog post arose from a presentation I made to parents of ABC, gifted children. What is best that we do for all kids, applies as much to gifted children. The full article is here - Parenting Your Gifted Child.

The Highscope Educational Research Foundation Key Experiences - HighScope (1985) developed this framework, now called Key Developmental Indicators,

of key experiences which provide an holistic experiences in the early years. It applies in middle and senior years, too. when designing programs for adults with dementia many possibilities exist to promote cognitive functioning.

Key experiences:
musicin active learning, playing with hands-on activities, running, touching, playing with water, sand, cooking, listening to music, cutting and pastingactive learning-

in using language (vocabulary => two word sentences => 3-word, and full sentences, written/verbal, expressive and receptive, Answering and asking questions)using language
in representing experiences and ideas (object/index/symbol/sign)visual arts
in developing logical reasoning:
classification (attributes, differences)
classificationseriation (comparing,arranging, ordering)

numeracy (more-less,one-to-one, counting)

in spatial relations (up/down, above/below, near/far)temporal relations
in temporal relations (today, tomorrow, two more sleeps until we see gramma!)

These activities include playing fort with pillows. Making a tent indoors. Talking about where you are, what you are doing. You'll note her expression: Gramma, stop taking photos and PLAY!

Also, it is important to note that there are many different kinds of intelligences:
temporal relations


Grandchild Connection said...

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Jenn Jilks said...

Well, that is a hoot, Grandchild Connection, but I don't think that connecting with your grandchildren should cost money or need you to be connected to a for-profit business. That is just sad. Everyone is out there to make a buck. I am not.

Grandchild Connection said...

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