Preschool curriculum is a comprehensive guide detailing the learning goals for children. Preschool curriculum includes instructional units, lesson plans, the resources and materials that will be used, teaching strategies, activities, and assessments.
Educators use a preschool curriculum to guide their planning in order to meet early learning standards for the children in their care.
A developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum allows for flexibility in achieving standards. Educators must use their knowledge of early learning standards and individual children's needs to tailor lesson plans to meet the needs of all children. Educators should be able to adjust the sequence of lessons and provide modifications and accommodations for those children who require them. In addition, consideration for learning styles and cultural differences will inform how the educator uses the preschool curriculum.
A preschool curriculum should be seen as a framework and a guide but should never take precedence over the individual needs of children. Educators should use information gained from observations to guide their lessons.
The Core Knowledge Curriculum Series™ provides comprehensive, content-rich learning materials based on the Core Knowledge Sequence. Student readers, teacher guides, activity books, and other materials are available for Language Arts, History and Geography, and Science. Materials for Math are in development. The materials made available for download are freely available for anyone to use, adapt, and share (with attribution).
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