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THE JAMAICA EARLY CHILDHOOD

CURRICULUM GUIDE
FOR CHILDREN

Four and Five Getting Ready for Life

The Dudley Grant Memorial Trust in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Early Childhood Commission

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The Jamaica Early Childhood Curriculum Guide: Four and Five Getting Ready for Life Published by The Dudley Grant Memorial Trust, 5 Gibraltar Camp Road, University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Kingston 7, Jamaica W.I. Copyright © 2010 the Dudley Grant Memorial Trust All rights reserved

Editors: Cecille Maye-Hemmings and Masie Wint Graphic designers Cover page: Suzette Royal – Suzi Design / Neil Buckle Page layout: Neil Buckle

Financial support for this project was provided by the Ministry of Education, Jamaica; the CHASE Fund; UNICEF; and the Social Conflict and Legal Reform Project in Jamaica.

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CONTENTS
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Acknowledgements Introduction Curriculum Guides – Four-Year-Olds Developmental Objectives - Term One Celebrating Me Celebrations Plants Transportation People in Our Community People in Our Community

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Developmental Objectives - Term Two

Developmental Objectives - Term Three

Curriculum Guides – Five-Year-Olds Developmental Objectives - Term One Appendix Our Country Jamaica: Our People Our Country Jamaica: Our People Transportation Sports Jamaica Land We Love The Weather 121 127 139 153 159 171 183 189 205 215

Developmental Objectives - Term Two

Developmental Objectives - Term Three

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The Dudley Grant Memorial Trust, as the lead coordinating agency for the national Early Childhood Curriculum Project, wishes to acknowledge with great appreciation the contribution and hard work of all the participating individuals, groups and agencies. The task involved the revision of the existing curriculum guide for the four- and five-year-old age groups and the development of a guide for the birth to three-year-old age cohorts. Development of the supporting documents such as the Scope and Sequence and the Conceptual Framework for the age-range birth to five years was also a vital part of the process. Many early childhood professionals have contributed to the development of these documents. While it would be difficult to mention everyone by name, we must acknowledge some key individuals and groups who made significant inputs into the production of the documents. We acknowledge the leadership, coordination and curriculum writing contributions of Dr. Rose Davies, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of the West Indies and chief consultant for the Project. We thank especially the following outstanding contributors: › › › › › › › › Mrs. Joyce Jarrett for her vision and enormous generosity in sharing her time and expertise in the revision and development of the Curriculum Guide Mrs. Eugena Robinson for her significant contribution in the development of the Curriculum Guide Dr Donna Chin Fatt for her special contribution in reviewing the Scope and Sequence document and aspects of the Curriculum Guide Mrs. Lorna Thompson for her commitment, leadership and expertise in the areas of curriculum development and numeracy Mrs. Jennifer Silvera for her commitment, contribution and expertise in the area of literacy The Education Officers and administrators of the Ministry of Education, in particular partners in the Early Childhood Resource Centres, and in the Early Childhood, Core Curriculum and Special Education Units The parents, early childhood practitioners and children who provided pictures and gave valuable feedback during the curriculum development process The Early Childhood Commission; HEART/NCT-VET; Social Conflict and Legal Reform Project; UNICEF; McCam Child Development Centre; Shortwood, Sam Sharpe and St. Joseph’s Teachers’ Colleges; Ministry of Health; PALS and the Barita Foundation. II

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Members of the George Brown College, Toronto, Canada for their assistance in reviewing...
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