Module 8 - Curriculum and Teaching – 3 Credits


 This module will focus on the development of curriculum and methods of instruction that are appropriate for young learners.  General topics to be covered include thematic curriculum development, teaching through storytelling, creative drama and play, developing a "curriculum of place" (one that is sensitive to the local environment), inquiry learning and exploration, and the role of the arts in the curriculum. 

The focus of the conventional early curriculum is on literacy - learning the symbols of the culture and gaining facility in expression.  This is certainly important.  In a Neohumanist education, the acquisition of these capacities must take place in a context that also fosters a sense of the sacred, of the interconnection and interdependence  of all life, of the value of all human beings (as well as other species), of a sense of justice, and the feeling of compassionate awareness.  

This module explores the possibilities of teaching early math, science, literature, and the arts in the context of this wider framework.  

I.  Introduction 

II. What is Curriculum?

III. NHE Curriculum Specialities

·        Philosophy and Principles Applied

·        The Teacher

·        The Kosas

·        The Subjects

Language Arts

Social Studies

Science, Ecology and Environmental Studies

The Arts



Health, Hygiene and Safety

Life Skills

Spiritual Practice and Philosophy

Applied Learning


III. Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum Goals

·        3 Year Olds

·        4 Year Olds

·        5 Year Olds


III. Building Successful Curriculum

·        Learning Approaches

·        Play Based Learning

·        Self and Teacher Directed Learning

·        A Model for Teaching and Learning

·        Interests

·        Learning Styles

·        The Family’s Role

·        Teamwork


IV. Designing Curriculum

·        4 Levels of Curriculum

·        Curriculum Planning

·        Establishing a Daily Schedule Framework

·        Constructing a Lesson Plan

·        Lesson Plan Checklist

·        Assessing the Experience

·        The Learning Environment


V. A Few Curriculum Development Models

·        Literary Model

·        Thematic Model

·        Open Ended Model


VI.  Coursework

·        Assignment

·        Student Teaching

·        Practical Skill Learning Areas



The teacher is able to design a curriculum that addresses the goals of Neohumanist Education (as outlined in module 4), specialties of NHE (as outlined in the Standards), is developmentally appropriate (as outlined in module 5) , and incorporates holistic Learning Approaches (as outlined in module 7).




If you are not already associated with a kindergarten or work with children 0-6, you will need to find a way to start doing so.  Assignments from modules 5 and 7 already required time in the classroom, and that time can count towards total time.  The total requirement is one semester or it’s equivalent.  Please work out with your coordinator what your classroom experience has been, and whether or not you will need to arrange for further time in order to meet this requirement.



The skill areas listed below are important for an early childhood education teacher to have some proficiency in.  If you are already working in a school, chances are you have already attended many workshops and seminars and have gained a working knowledge of many of these areas already. 

If some of these areas are new to you, there are many ways that you can go about gaining knowledge in each of these areas.  You may choose between workshops and seminars offered by NHE sources, other approved practical workshops in outside facilities related to Early Childhood education, apprenticeship with other teachers, or self learning.  For self learning, resources for each topic are included in the general NHE Resources web pages, under each of the topic headings.

You will need to give evidence of knowledge of applying these areas in a classroom with children aged   0-6.  This evidence can be submitted in essay form, photos, tape or video. This work does not need to be completed with module 8, and can be done over the remainder of the course.


Skills Areas:

 Story telling


Dance and Movement

Music and Songs

Play and Games (indoor and outdoors)

Arts and Crafts

Astaunga Yoga and Meditation

Morning Circle and Celebrations

Physical Education

Practical Life and Sensorial

Language Arts and Literacy

Math and Technology

Social Studies

Gardening & Ecology

Science and Environmental Education


The following areas will be addressed with Module 10: 

Emotional Health and Personal Development

Discipline & Classroom Management

Communication with children and Conflict Resolution

Safety, Nutrition and Health