Bank Street Approach. Lucy Sprague Mitchell. In 1918:. Children were seen and not heard All schooling was teacher directed Teaching was drilling Preschool education had not been researched And then along came LUCY !!!. LUCY SPRAGUE MITCHELL.
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Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Teamed with Carol Pratt, Harriet Johnson, and Elizabeth Irwin to change thinking about how children learn.
Free expression in clay, paint and drawing was encouraged.
Field trips to interesting places around the city, such as the zoo or a bridge.
Children were encouraged to inquire about their world.
The language of children was studied.
Teachers were constantly reassessing and self reflecting to improve their pedagogy.
Little Golden Books, affordable/ marketed to mass market/children feel ownership.
Bank Street Readers- multi ethnic urban basal readers first published in 1965 and 1966. It was the first of its kind and entered the schools dominated by “Dick and Jane”.
Preprimer readers- In the City and People Read.
Bank Street Writers Laboratory-developing writers such as Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon) and Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are)