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Early Childhood Research & Practice, v12 n1 Spr 2010

This article describes the Dim Sum and Chinese Restaurant Project undertaken by 6-year-old kindergarten children in Hong Kong. The article discusses the importance of listening, observing, and documenting children's actions to meet their needs and interests. The kindergarten program that participated in this project is a nonprofit kindergarten organized by a Christian church. Parents and teachers agreed to try a project-based learning approach wherein the children would direct their own learning based on their interests and would search for relevant information and materials to support their explorations. In addition, the children were encouraged to integrate drawing and writing daily newsletters to communicate to their parents what they needed and how their parents could help them. Thus, the classroom activities shifted away from teacher-centered lessons toward an emphasis on learning activities that were interdisciplinary, student centered, and integrated with real-world issues and practices. (Contains 24 figures.)

Descriptors: Student Projects, Active Learning, Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Dining Facilities, Teaching Methods, Student Interests, Writing Assignments, Freehand Drawing, Newsletters, Learning Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Student Centered Curriculum, Relevance (Education), Parent Participation

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Author: Ha, Yuen Lai

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2343&id=EJ889719







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