In early childhood education, learning focuses on the whole child and how each child makes sense of his or her world. Integrated curriculum unites concepts across subject areas, such as mathematics and social studies, through learning experiences that enhance the child’s skills, knowledge, and thinking. The experiences reflect a program’s goals and educational standards, and are planned to make learning meaningful and engaging. Integrated curriculum is the how, what, when, and why of a program of study, which connects subject areas and developmental domains to enhance learning.

What Is the “Whole Child”?

The whole child refers to a basic understanding of who is the primary focus in early childhood education (ECE). For children from birth through 8 years, learning occurs through each child’s interaction with their environment. ...

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