Subject: Curriculum Studies
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Education
Department: Curriculum Studies


This course focuses on teaching Cree Social Studies in the early years. Situated in early childhood philosophy and pedagogy and an Indigenous worldview, it is an activity-oriented course which provides students with opportunities to participate in instructional methods and approaches for young children reflective of the principles of early learning. This course will be taught in Cree and will provide opportunity for reinforcing and extending teacher candidate’s Cree language proficiency. The cognitive benefits of incorporating music in language learning are integral to Cree culture, for nêhiyawak are a singing nation. nêhiyawak have been singing since the beginning of time and this is how the ceremonial lodges are able to pass on stories, prayers and history. There are songs for all occasions from lullabies to thanksgiving and celebration. Cree Songs help memorize the Creation Story, treaties, teach phonetics, create long sentences, stimulate the vocals and assist in getting comfortable with finding the “Cree Voice”. The worldview and connection to the universe is taught in this fashion.

Prerequisite(s): EFDT 101.3; ECUR 163.3 or ECUR 164.3 or ECUR 165.3; EFDT 265.3 or ECUR 265.3; and, EPSE 202.3.

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