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An integrative approach to early childhood development and education – the model of Israel

By Kiril Barbareev


In this article I will address of those perspectives on what being an integrative approach in the context of Early Childhood Development and Education in Israel. My overall goal is to share my experience from study visit in Israel and help us clarify, to ourselves and to others unfamiliar what is an integrative approach, how Israel does it, how our society to be more aware for the early childhood development and education, and how to be “integrative educator." The preschool curriculum is rich and varied, constituting the foundation for the child’s world of knowledge. Learning is a process of reorganizing existing knowledge and assimilating new knowledge. I will present an example: “The Wheel for Visualizing the Integrative Topic” is based on the principle of deriving contents from various disciplines and interweaving them within then integrative topic. The topics appearing in the wheel are: seasons of the year, animals, occupations, I and We, the home, nutrition, transportation, holidays and hygiene. Planning of each of the aforementioned topics necessitates selection of contents from the following disciplines: science and technology, social sciences, the arts, language and literacy, cognition, health and safety, tradition and holidays, Old Testament and even mathematics. The mixture of contents is chosen by the teacher according the points of emphases which seem most appropriate when teaching the subject

Topics: Educational sciences
Year: 2016
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