Unit 4 Assignment Assignment Directions: This Assignment has two parts. The first is comparing and contrasting a preschool classroom and a classroom for children five years old and more and sharing developmentally appropriate practices. The second is identifying your educational philosophy and how it aligns with best practices in early childhood theory. Your Assignment should be 3–4 pages, not including the cover and reference pages. Part 1: Discuss a preschool classroom and a classroom for children five years old or more. Describe how the environments should use the principle of age appropriateness and share what materials, activities, and routines should be used in each classroom. Choose a theme for each lesson and analyze the concept and characteristics of a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Create a developmentally appropriate lesson for each one and identify the similarities and differences between each lesson. Part 2: Describe your own educational philosophy in detail. Explain best practices that relate to your philosophy and describe how you will implement them. Support your philosophy and your best practices by incorporating current and past research in early childhood theory. Be sure to include the most effective ways to demonstrate professionalism and social responsibility as an educator. Writing Requirements and Guidelines Your Assignment should include: Cover page Provide your name, title of Assignment, course and unit number, and date Body Complete Parts 1 and 2 detailed above 3–4 pages Reference list Sources in APA format You must use your text and two additional sources Assignment Guidelines Times New Roman 12 point font, Double-spaced Written adhering to the guidelines of Standard American English. This means that your thoughts should be well-organized, logical, and unified as well as original with the viewpoint and purpose clearly established and sustained. Standard American English guidelines also include the use of correct grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Written in APA Formatting and Citation style If you need assistance with APA style, visit the Kaplan University Writing Center at http://kucampus.kaplan.edu/MyStudies/AcademicSupportCenter/WritingCenter.Index.aspx Submitting your Assignment Put your Assignment in a Word document. Save it in a location and with a name that you will remember. When you are ready to submit it, go to the Dropbox and complete the steps below: Click the link that says “Submit an Assignment.” In the “Submit to Basket” menu, select Unit 4: Assignment. In the “Comments” field, make sure to add at least the title of your paper. Click the “Add Attachments” button. Follow the steps listed to attach your Word document. To view your graded work, come back to the Dropbox or go to the Gradebook after your instructor has evaluated it.