Social Skill: COMMUNICATING

The importance of continuous contingent interactions ...

Lilian Katz, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she taught early childhood education for 30+ years has strongly advocated for the research-based approach that "... adults’ role is to support children towards positive learning dispositions and to help them become ‘mastery learners’."    In a 2010 article published by Community Playthings, Katz outlines what she believes to be the Standards of Experience for early childhood programs.  We include the standards that apply directly to Kids’ Own Wisdom:  
Young children should frequently have the following experiences: 

  • Being engaged in extended interactions (e.g. conversations, discussions, exchanges of views, arguments, planning - continuous contingent interactions).
  • Having confidence in their own intellectual powers and their own questions.
  • Being involved in sustained investigations of aspects of their own environment worthy of their interest, knowledge, and understanding.
  • Feelings of belonging to a group of their peers. 

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