It can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing or implementing a preschool curriculum. However, through an understanding of the essential components of preschool curriculum, educators can make appropriate decisions regarding the choice of curriculum as well as the best way to implement it.
Curriculum is a comprehensive guide detailing the learning goals for children. 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 curriculum.
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.
A quality preschool curriculum allows for flexibility informed by child progress.
- ability to make ongoing adjustments to your daily plans
- drive your planning with an emergent curriculum.
- allow for your children’s input, you may see higher levels of engagement and progress.
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