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					        Preschool Curriculum
The World at Their Fingertips Curriculum is designed to align preschool
program goals and practices with parents’ expectations of educational
excellence in preparation for academic success. Each child is expected to
learn all the necessary skills and understandings to succeed in kindergarten
and to continue to thrive academically. At the same time, we want each to
have a terrific childhood. The World is built around five key concepts:

      Planned child choice learning environments
      Emergent curriculum
      Making learning visible through documentation and display
      Full parent partnerships
      21 st -century technology

Planned Child Choice Learning Environments

Well-planned learning centers that allow for child choice and self-directed play, small
groups, and supportive teaching that prepares children for academic excellence and success
in life lie at the heart of The World at Their Fingertips. The preschool learning environment
is primarily based on the Creative Curriculum, developed by Teaching Strategies Inc., that is
in use in high-quality early education settings throughout the United States, Canada, and
Australia. The development of language, mathematical reasoning, scientific thought, and
emotional intelligence is emphasized throughout all the centers. Changes to the learning
environment, activities, and projects reflect the children’s emerging interests and individual
goals. Learning centers, indoors and out, offer guided experiences that encompass all the
skills and understandings necessary for optimum development and success in school.


Typical centers include:


Language/Library                    Technology/Computers
Construction/Blocks                 Science
Dramatic Play                       Outdoor Gardens
Art/Creative Expression             Music and Movement
Sensory: Sand and Water Table       Math/Manipulatives
Outdoor Water Play                  Outdoor Construction
We supplement learning centers with any number of independent learning stations designed
for use by one or two children.

Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices, participate in small
groups and projects, join in circle times with the whole group, and reflect upon and
document their learning experiences. Children are guided to critical learning experiences
that form the building blocks of healthy development. Using the Creative Curriculum and
knowledge of the children and families as a framework, teachers use their talent and
expertise to design, adapt, and invent learning centers that best serve the children in the
room.

Language Works, Math Counts, Science Rocks, Our World, ArtSmart, and Projections are
reflected in the environment, as well as in the daily activities and projects that organize the
children’s experience.


Emergent Curriculum

A planned learning environment establishes the foundation for learning throughout the day.
Emergent curriculum encompasses planned activities, projects, and adaptations to the
learning centers and stations, as well as guided interactions between teachers and children.
The curriculum emerges from the children: teachers plan learning experiences based on
observations of the children’s interests, skills, and understandings — not based on a set plan
of teacher-derived themes. Far more than toddlers and twos, preschoolers are able to
communicate their interests and assert their needs. Teachers guide the children’s
experience with the help of parents through the development of projects and planning
activities that correspond with their developmental characteristics and their expressed
interests.


Learning Made Visible Through Documentation and Display

Documenting and displaying the efforts of individual children and the group is essential for
optimal learning and for the credibility of the educational experience in the minds of
parents and clients. This is achieved through:

      Visibly planned learning environment, daily activities, and projects
      Visible highlighting of language, science, and math learning
      Documentation of group and individual learning
      Tracking the development of each child through the Child Development Profile and
       Child Portfolio

One ought to walk into a preschool room and know immediately what is being learned:
through photographs and children’s work with child-dictated or -written captions, language
experience stories, charts, graphs, murals, three-dimensional tableaus, and captions with
the ideas and reactions of parents. Preschool parents and teachers should both be
contributing to the child’s portfolio and together sharing observations that complete the
Child Development Profile.
Full Partnerships with Parents

The World partnership with parents extends to parents the right and responsibility to be
involved and influential in all aspects of their child’s experience at the center, including
curriculum. The partnership is outlined in the section Full Partnerships with Parents and
represented in the Family Partnership Agreement and the Preschool Partnership Agreement
for Success in School and Life. Unlike many traditional programs, parents are welcomed as
experts on their children, and as partners in setting goals and planning and evaluating
curriculum that corresponds with their child’s emerging interests, needs, and strengths.


21st-Century Technology

In the 21st century, the world is brought to our fingertips electronically – through a
terminal, a television screen, and printers transmitting data. The electronic world will not
replace the world of books and hands-on experience with all that life has to offer children
and adults; instead it offers new tools and opportunities. The World at Their Fingertips
embraces technology for what it can offer faculty and children, and recognizes our
responsibility to help children become adept with the tools that will become a growing part
of their lives. There are computers in the homebase, and teachers are expected to use
computers as everyday tools in their work – for communications and teaching.

				
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