The Benefits of Emergent Curriculum
Emergent curriculum describes a curriculum that develops from exploring what is relevant, interesting and personally meaningful to children.
“As caring adults, we make choices for children that reflect our values;
at the same time we keep our plans open-ended and responsive to children.”
In our setting, planning and recording the learning experiences that develop from children’s budding interests, passions, strengths and needs, are an important part of teachers’ intentional teaching practices.
The topics of interest that emerge are often linked to children’s play, their experiences at home, a community event, and priorities that emerge from conversations between children; children and teachers; and teachers, parents and other partners. The benefits of using an emergent curriculum approach to teaching and learning are evident for children, teachers and partners.
The benefits for children include;
- Recognition of children as agents of their own learning
- Opportunities for children to make choices about and begin to take increasing responsibility for their learning
- Enhanced opportunities for the development of children’s self-expression, oral language and drama
- Engaged and enthusiastic children in a child-responsive program.
- Purposeful curriculum planning with children that builds on their interests, questions, queries
- and wonder about the world
- Exciting, challenging and motivating learning experiences
- Opportunities for sustained and focused interest in learning by children
- Authentic participation by parents, families and other partners and community members, which
- uses their diverse understandings, capabilities and knowledge
- Strong communication about children’s learning, and opportunities to contribute family and
- community priorities and ideas