Early Childhood Education NAEYC accreditation

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You are the new director of an early childhood program which is pursuing NAEYC accreditation. Currently, your staff members rely heavily on direct, whole-group instruction to teach children new concepts.  Your job is to encourage teachers to create more child-centered, developmentally appropriate classroom environments by demonstrating the benefits of child-centered learning.

In your post you will first describe a traditional, direct instruction activity and its learning outcome (e.g., students will read a book about plants and name the parts of a plant). Then describe how teachers could meet the same outcome using a child-directed strategy. These strategies include exploratory play, guided discovery, problem solving, and discussions. 

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