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Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 99–102 | Cite as

Off with a theme: Emergent curriculum in action

  • Marilyn A. Sheerer
  • Ernest Dettore
  • Jennifer Cyphers
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Abstract

Early childhood teachers can plan developmentally appropriate classrooms through a fusion of thematic and emergent curriculum approaches. Ernie, a preschool teacher/university professor working in a campus laboratory setting, designed and implemented a space theme which was relevant to young children, allowed them many opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills and expand upon them in significant ways, and incorporated a variety of materials and resources. Overall, the use of this theme reflected the initial and emergent interests of both the teachers and children, as they interacted in the social environment.

Key Words

thematic planning emergent curriculum 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilyn A. Sheerer
    • 2
  • Ernest Dettore
    • 1
  • Jennifer Cyphers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Elementary EducationEdinboro University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
  2. 2.Department Chair, Elementary and Middle Grades EducationEast Carolina UniversityGreenville

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