Early Childhood Education Program: "Little Water Drop"
1. PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
Our early childhood water programs develop early learning guides and curriculum for teaching young children about water, water resources and water's vital role in their lives. By using early childhood national guidelines, the environmental program will provide hands on activities and learning modules that will help early learners use their natural curiosity to explore and make connections between water and their world around them.
The program integrates instruction and teaching across disciplines, drawing upon many of the methods and content of natural and social sciences, arts, mathematics, and humanities to help learners fully understand and engage in environmental issues. The learner is an active participant in environmental education. If learning is to become a natural, valued part of life beyond school, instruction should engage the learner in the process of building knowledge and skills and be guided in part by the student's interests. Environmental education is a comprehensive and cohesive whole that draws on broader educational goals and instructional methods while also utilizing outdoor education methods as well as those that help students develop early citizenship skills.
The "Little Water Drop" program is a water education program to enhance the interest, knowledge and skills of children and childcare services and to encourage and guide their practices and policies towards sustainable water use. Its aim is to empower early educators with knowledge, tools and methods for teaching environmental water education, challenge centers to innovate and integrate best practices into their culture and to influence behavior of children, families and educators.
1. Create environmental literacy program for children ages 3-6, focusing on water education that increases knowledge of water conservation and general water knowledge, promotes stewardship and affects actions in their behavior.
2. Little Water Drop program will be utilized in early learning environments to educate teachers, administrators and parent population at the local level about actions that they can take to minimize water risks and increase water efficiency in their homes or schools.
3. Work in conjunction with early learning training schedules of state licensing agencies or DHR to train teachers about how to incorporate this information into their classrooms.
4. Provide dynamic active learning lesson plans, stories, songs, early learning kits and aids to classrooms to deliver curriculum across a variety of domains. Curriculum promotes problems solving skills and critical thinking.
5. Provide schools with activities to increase parent involvement and education.
6. Develop standard practices for schools or LEA's to put the information into action in their own environment. Utilize water conservation and efficiency practices at the local level and encourage adoption of practices into children's homes.
7. Incorporate natural surroundings and outdoor education opportunities for young children to gain positive experiences with the environment that they are protecting and promote connection between cause and effect of water conservation/efficiency best practices.
8. Develop themes to focus on at least three (3) of a selection of values, attitudes, knowledge and skills in relation to water and water conservation.