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Mandated Curriculum vs. Developmentally Appropriate Practices

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You are a parent who is concerned about the new state-mandated, textbook-based curriculum for kindergarten, and you are writing a letter to the school board in protest of this new policy. In your letter, define DAP, describe the benefits of DAP, and explain why you feel the use of a textbook-based curriculum may be inappropriate. Describe potential negative effects of this curriculum and how it is developmentally inappropriate to literacy development. Recommend an alternative approach to developing literacy skills. In your letter, use the kindergarten standards from your state and the guidelines for DAP described in the course text as well as in NAEYC resources.

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Developmentally appropriate practice benefits children in kindergarten because it is grounded in actual research that has shown that this approach to teaching is appropriate because of how young children develop and learn while also incorporating what is known about effective early education. Therefore, the theoretical framework is designed to provide the most optimal opportunity for young children to excel in their learning and development.

The state mandated curriculum ISN'T provided by YOU, but some negative effects of this curriculum on the development of ...

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