Curriculum and Best Practices
The program focuses on building rich vocabulary, while children also learn to identify letter symbols, both capital and lowercase, by letter names. They learn how these “symbols” work together to form printed words and how printed words relate to spoken language."
The elementary school has adapted this porgram and we will be using parts of it in our classroom as we learn more.
Based on their many experiences in PreK classrooms, Fountas and Pinnell show teachers how to:
Math: We use a variety of hands-on activities to learn number sense, numeracy, pattering, shapes, and more.
"Children need number sense right from the start of school. Math concepts can be intimidating in the early years, but the Numbers & Math program demystifies numbers and makes math concepts relevant and fun for children.
With playful manipulatives, music, and rhymes, our Numbers & Math program teaches counting, comparisons, spatial awareness, patterning, sequencing, matching, sorting, problem solving, and even Pre-K geometry skills."
We love STEAM activities. "STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!"
We incorporate hands-on STEAM activities in all of our themes.
"It helps teachers create a high-quality learning environment and build a thorough understanding of best practices. Daily Resources help teachers plan and manage every moment of their day. Through studies, which are hands-on, project-based investigations, The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool helps teachers build children’s confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills, and promote positive outcomes".