The curriculum for all toddlers is the Sing, Spell, Read and Write Curriculum. It is a unique and innovative instructional system that coordinates the teaching of seven complete programs in one: Reading, Writing, Phonics, Spelling Grammar, Comprehension and Math. The lessons present an orderly sequence of multi-sensory instruction designed to reach every avenue of the brain and to actively involve students in learning.
The curriculum for all preschool children is the Core Knowledge Curriculum. The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence starts with the premise that children are always “ready to learn,” Preschoolers build new knowledge and skills based on what they have already learned. A specific, explicit sequence of skills and knowledge, such as the Preschool Sequence, allows teachers to guide a young child’s development in an apprentice-like fashion. Taking into account the child’s particular competencies, a teacher can then offer those experiences that most closely match a student’s present level, while providing the stepping stones needed to advance to higher levels of understanding and competence.
To sum up, the content of the Preschool Sequence is:
- Solid — It is a comprehensive preschool curriculum that addresses all facets of early childhood development.
- Specific — It identifies explicit skills and knowledge that are critical to a young child’s development, in terms of “readiness to learn”.
- Sequenced — It presents skills and knowledge that progress from very basic to more challenging, so that children build new knowledge and skills based on what they have already learned.
- Shared — It represents shared knowledge. Only by explicitly specifying the competencies and
knowledge that all children should share can we ensure access to an excellent and fair education for all.
It is a unique and innovative instructional system that coordinates the teaching of ten complete programs in one:
|Movement and Coordination
Autonomy and Social Skills
|Orientation in Time
Orientation in Space
Both curriculums goes hand in hand with the Arkansas Early Childhood Framework. The Framework promotes four elements that are essential to quality early childhood education; environment, diversity, family and strategies that support learning. Lil’ Treasures Learning Academy has incorporated these elements in our everyday teaching by providing balanced literacy opportunities learned through Pre-K Ella. We build on children’s experiences and knowledge of the world through learning centers and different weekly thematic units. For example, dramatic play, where children are encouraged to put on puppet shows or dress up in customs to role play. Basic Spanish is taught to the older toddler and preschool children. We promote phonological awareness through environmental print and teach children to recite and recognize alphabets as well as phonetic decoding.