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West End coc Preschool Curriculum

West End coc Preschool Curriculum:

A NAEYC Standards Based Curriculum

1.     Children are active and engaged.  We believe that engaging young children in active and interactive play is the most appropriate way of implementing curriculum and making learning fun.  In our classrooms, children are busy in teacher created learning centers, actively learning content from all areas of development as defined in the Tennessee Early Learning Standards (TNELDS).

2.    Goals are clear and shared by all.  Our curriculum includes long-term learning goals and skills for our children that are defined in the TN-ELDS.  Short-term goals for the class as a whole and for individual children are included in each week’s theme based lesson plan.  Individual goals are determined by teacher observation and assessment.  Family goals are sought out through conversations, surveys and input forms.  These family goals are incorporated into lesson planning.

3.    Curriculum is evidence-based.  Our curriculum is based on the developmental domains of the SPICE (Social, Physical, Intellectual, Communications, and Expressive) curriculum. The Director and staff attend regular workshops to gain knowledge in current research in the field.  We also supplement our curriculum with research based curriculums called “Setting the Stage” by Marcy Hemminger and for our fours class, Handwriting without Tears.

4.    Valued content is learned through investigation and focused, intentional teaching.  We have the philosophy that “play is a child’s work.” Incorporating learning goals into an exploratory learning environment, teachers are trained to organize appropriate learning environments, establishing daily routines, planning daily and weekly activities, and assessing and evaluating child progress.

5.    Curriculum builds on prior learning and experiences.  Information and input is obtained from families to learn about family routines, needs, and expectations.  Teachers do ongoing assessment to implement appropriate learning strategies and needs.  Children portfolios are created to evaluate children’s progress and travels with the child from year to year.

6.    Curriculum is comprehensive.  The SPICE curriculum covers all domains of the child’s development.  Teachers use a variety of assessment tools to determine that the child’s needs are being met throughout the year.

7.    Professional standards validate the curriculum’s subject matter content.  Our curriculum is aligned with the standards validated by NAEYC and the state of Tennessee.  We also consult the Environmental Standards grading system in developing curriculum.

8. The curriculum is likely to benefit children.  Teachers use a theme based lesson plan that makes learning fun for children.  New ideas and materials are developed on a regular basis.  Resource materials, rotational equipment and a well organized library supplement teacher’s planning.