The Creative Curriculum is incorporated within the preschool classrooms as foundational tools to build common concepts and practices with our young students.
Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum
Preschool is a critical time when young children focus on play-based, hands-on readiness activities that build their foundation for lifelong learning. Handwriting Without Tears includes two learning programs; Math and Literacy. The following are examples of skills taught within each area.
Language and Literacy:
- Letter formation and identification
- Drawing, playing, and singing to learn
- Cognitive/language development skills
- Fine motor skills and strength
- Match letters and sounds
Numbers and Math:
- Patterning and Sorting
- Sizes and shapes
- Number formation and identification
- Social Skills
- Body awareness
- Good habits for school readiness
Review curriculum information and demo videos by visiting: http://www.hwtears.com
Why Handwriting Without Tears?
- Easy to learn curriculum that works for all students
- Child-friendly consistent language
- Hands-on learning
- Integration of music into lessons
- Easy methods to get children set for formal instruction in kindergarten
- Fun to learn; NO MORE TEARS!
Zoo Phonics Curriculum
Zoo-Phonics is used in thousands of schools and homes to teach children phonemic awareness, reading, spelling, and writing using fun and interactive songs and animals that our children LOVE.
“Zoo-phonics brought the alphabet alive for my kindergarten students! After only one day, the students all could signal and say the sounds. By the end of the first month, we were building words! Zeke Zebra and all his friends really captivated the students! Great Program!”
Diane Kardash, Kindergarten Teacher
How Zoo-Phonics Works?
- Each letter of the alphabet is assigned an animal.
- The Alphabet Animal is drawn in the shape of the lowercase letter which helps children remember the shapes and sounds of the letters.
- Letter sounds are taught before letter names.
- Lowercase letters are taught before capital letters.
- The Body Movement for each Animal Letter helps “cement” the phonemic information into memory.
- The alphabet is taught sequentially, and as a whole entity, “a – z.” The alphabet is not fragmented.
- Phonemic patterns (at, bat, fat, sat, etc.) are taught first, rather than random word lists (of, it, then, was, etc.)
- The Zoo-Phonics® curriculum is fully integrated with other subjects
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Second Step: Social & Emotional Curriculum
This curriculum provides our preschool learners with lessons that harness their energy and potential by teaching them to listen, pay attention, control their behavior and get along with others. Our students learn and practice these essential skills through weekly lessons.
Within the classroom the curriculum works well: