Giddens School Preschool Curriculum by cru50699


									                         Giddens School Preschool Curriculum

Language Development:
Our preschool embraces a multifaceted approach to the development of literacy. We weave
together many different threads of language awareness in guiding children through literacy.
These threads of literacy include encouragement of oral language and vocabulary development
through dramatic play, story telling and group times, all of which involve listening, discussions,
as well as learning to resolve conflicts verbally. We recognize that evidence of writing begins in
art exploration, with scribbles and pictures conveying feelings and ideas. We create a print-rich
environment which encompasses a variety of ways for children to understand the power of the
written word. Children may tell a story, verbalizing their thoughts for an adult to write. Children
love having their own spoken words captured on paper and begin to realize the symbolic
representation of written language. All the strands of an organic approach, given texture by each
child’s interests and individuality, woven with emergent and integrated curriculum, create a
literacy tapestry rich in content and meaning. This serves as direct preparation for further
reading and writing. Children investigate and explore concepts in:

Explore sounds and letters of the alphabet
Rhyme Awareness
Verbal Memory: through short songs and poems

Uses marks to represent writing
Explores some letters, especially those in child’s own name
Uses art as a form of written communication (create and tell)
Experiments with inventive spelling
Visual Motor- orientation from left to right
Practices writing own name
Practice Pincer Grasp

Oral Language/Self Expression:
Shares ideas and information verbally
Recounts rhyming songs, short poems and finger plays
Expresses needs and wants using simple sentences
Verbal participation in large groups (whole class)
Listening to the ideas of others; taking turns when speaking
Express self in writing through dictation
Enjoys looking at books
Talks about pictures and books
Pretends to read, turns pages of books
Holds book correctly
Listens to stories
Predicting what will happen next
Remembering events of a story (beginning, middle and end)
Identifying with a story or relating a personal experience

Mathematics concepts are incorporated into every area of the preschool curriculum. Students
learn these concepts and underlying mathematical operations in many of their daily activities:
recognizing geometric shapes in the circular face of a clock, the rectangular table and the square
shape of the blocks. Mathematical concepts in the preschool curriculum are thus based on
concrete, hands-on, sensory experiences, often through the choice of manipulatives. These
concepts are articulated in a variety of activities- a cooking project, for example, gives students a
practical application of mathematical concepts such as measuring and sequence. Children
investigate and explore concepts in:

Exploration of math manipulatives: pattern blocks, Unifix cubes, Cuisinaire Rods
Patterns: recognizing/extending patterns
Wooden Unit blocks
Counting quantities; 1:1 correspondence
Recognizing numerals
Number Sense: understanding greater than, less than, the same
Geometry: shapes and spatial relations
Money: what is money and how is it used
Time: routines, time of day
Measurement; non-standard
Data collection, organization and representation

Children learn science content through hands-on inquiry-based experiments. This approach is
integrated into emergent science program topics. Based on children’s interest in particular
content material, teachers offer lessons focused on the material. Children apply scientific
methods and attitudes in explorations that they conduct themselves. Children learn to ask
relevant questions, make records of their work and learn what it means to investigate. In
addition to the application of scientific reasoning skills, this method applies other skills that
children are developing, such as eye-hand coordination, experience with quantity, language and

Investigate by asking questions
Recognize natural patterns/cycles
Health and nutrition

Social-Emotional Development and the Development of Social Justice/Anti-bias

         The social curriculum at Giddens School promotes autonomy in children, as well as their
ability to work with others. In preschool we believe that social knowledge provides a basis for
all communication and interaction as well as for all learning and problem solving. Social
knowledge is central to each child’s ability to adapt to new and different people and events.
         Our approach focuses on the experience of social learning because it is central to the
development of one’s own person. Asking questions and exploring ideas about social issues
allows children to construct knowledge freely. This, in turn, encourages self-initiated thinking
about social and moral issues. With this focus, children begin to construct knowledge
autonomously in all subject areas.
         Facilitating a young child’s development toward self-motivated inquiry gives children an
appreciation of the values of justice and concern for others. We support children in this
development by creating a community at Giddens School based on tolerance, respect and a
celebration of cultural diversity. Ultimately, children learn to respect virtues common to all
groups, those virtues that people care most deeply about.

          Social/ Emotional                            Social Justice/Anti-Bias
          Sharing/turn taking                              Awareness of self
              Cooperating                                 Conflict Resolution
             Helping others                           Introduction to stereotypes
              Being kind                                Community awareness
  Group dynamics/ being part of a group        Understanding and welcoming differences
            Problem solving
           Identify emotions
    Using words to express emotions

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