Intentional, Integrated and Inquiry Based. For Ages Infancy through Grade Five
The ACCESS Curriculum (ACCESS) is an intentional, integrated, and inquiry-based curriculum for infancy through grade 5. ACCESS is the result of 10 years of curriculum development, field testing and research at the Bombeck Family Learning Center at the University of Dayton. ACCESS was field tested with partners in early child care and education, Head Start and p-12 public and Catholic schools. It has been shown to support teachers as they develop assessment supported, child-centered, emergent/negotiated, science and inquiry-based and integrated curriculum for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children in kindergarten, and the elementary grades.
The investigations in this publication are designed to be used by teachers, family child care providers and others who work with and care for young children, specifically infants and toddlers. Each investigation contains a series of engaging, open-ended experiences that inspire curiosity and inquiry as young children investigate important science topics. Examples include using water in various ways, what different things our hands can do and build, music and movement, rolling, using the 5 senses, spinning and exploring textures. This book is part of a 2 part series. Please see ACCESS to Life Science, which has been designed for older children.
Investigation Starters for Preschool, Kindergarten and the Primary Grades
The ACCESS to Life Science Book is a collection of investigations for preschool, kindergarten and primary grades. The investigations are designed to be used by teachers, family child care providers and others who work with and care for young children. Each investigation contains a series of engaging, open-ended experiences that inspire curiosity and inquiry as young children investigate important science topics. Examples include building bridges, kitchen chemistry, metamorphose and light. This book is part of a 2 part series. Please see ACCESS to Science for Infants and Toddlers, which has been designed for younger children.
ACCESS to Physical and
Earth Science: Investigation starts for
Preschool., Kindergarten and the Primary Grades was developed and field
tested by early childhood teachers for early childhood teachers. The investigation starters in this book
feature both physical and earth science with topics that are appropriate for
children ages 3 through 8. Each
investigation includes step-by-step directions for the adults, a list of
questions designed to encourage curiosity and inquiry as well as a description
of what the children will learn during the experience. Materials lists, a bibliography of books for
children and teachers, and an assessment device is included. The science content for each experience has
been approved by experts in the fields of geology, biology, physics and
engineering. Authors: Comingore, Adams