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Effective Curricula

Effective Curricula The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook leverages research about how children learn to guide preschool programs in stimulating children's cognitive development. More…

The Preschool Sequence

Content and Skill Guidelines for Preschool

With a strong focus on challenging, but appropriate content, the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook is unique among early childhood programs. It outlines a cumulative and coherent progression of knowledge and skills in all developmental areas and integrates developmentally appropriate practices for both content and instruction.

Guiding Principles

Explicitly Stated Goals and Skills Are Necessary

An explicit set of skills provides the stepping stones children need to achieve developmental goals. Most early childhood curricula and state standards are presented at the goal level. The Preschool Sequence further defines each goal by its component skills. This level of specificity allows teachers to more accurately identify the abilities of individual children and develop experiences and activities that will meet each child's needs.

Children Are Always Ready to Learn

Children are always ready to learn, as long as the teacher knows where to start with each child. Preschoolers build new knowledge and skills based on what they have already learned. The specific, explicit sequence of skills and knowledge in 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 competency.

Assessment and Instruction Are Intertwined

Effective teachers use assessment to inform the planning of activities and experiences in their classrooms. Evaluation of each student's progress takes place in an ongoing fashion and is often conducted within the context of daily activities. The specificity of the Preschool Sequence allows teachers to fine tune their planning to meet children's individual needs. The Core Knowledge Preschool Assessment Kit and the Core Knowledge Preschool Assessment Tool (CK-PAT) provide teachers with the tools they need to integrate deliberate and authentic assessment into their daily classroom activities.

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