Curriculum at Meliora
Curriculum at Meliora - Kaplan's Learn Everyday
Using a strengths-based approach, this fully integrated curriculum combines multisensory experiences with state-of-the-art technology. Based on the best-selling book, A Planning Guide to the Preschool Curriculum, this innovative currriculum is designed to be used in a way that respects individual differences, honors every child's culture, and recognizes that family members are an equal partner in a child's education. It is the goal of the authors that all children will experience joy and delight as they grow and develop in a nurturing environment.
L iteracey, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Creative Arts
E xperiences that enccourage exploration and discovery
A ctivities designed for multisensory learning
R esearch-based, developmentally appropriate methods
N urturing environments that support all learners
Listening is the foundation for all literacy development. Research has shown that the more children are listened to, the better listening skills they will develop. Throughout this curriculum, daily activities help children learn to listen for details and priortize the information they hear. Repeated experiences allow children to follow directions, listen to stories, and particpate in conversations to further develop their listening skills.
Oral Language Development
The key components of oral language are vocabulary and appropriate grammar. The size of a child's vocabulary is one of the best predictors of how successful a reader that child will become. Vocabulary-building opportunities are incorporated into each of the 36 Learn Every Day units and occur everyday for children during group discussion or while singing or listening to stories or poems. Such opportunities enable teachers to provide intentional and purposeful instruction.
Letter Knowledge and Recognition
Letter knowledge involves the ability to recognize all 26 letters of the alphabet in both upper and lower case forms and to understand the letters that are the foundation of all words. As young children learn to see letters as independent components that can be organized in many ways, they become more fluent speakers and more active listeners.
Print awareness evolves as children are exposed to print throughout their daily lives. The Learn Every Day curriculum helps children develop the knowledge that printed words move from left to right and from top to bottom, and that print has many functions. These functions include labeling items, creating lists, conveying information, telling stories based on books, and recognizing environmental print.
Phonological awareness is sensitivity to sound. Activities i Learn Every Day were specifically designed to help children and they recognize sounds that are the same and different. They also can play with onomatopoeia words, match rhyming word pairs, and identify the repetitive sound in an alliterative phrase or sentence. The books and songs in this curriculum were selected and created to help build this important concept.
As children have the opportunity to retell stories in their own words, act out stories, and listen to stories that are not accompanied by illustrations, they develop comprehension. It is through comprehension skills that children are able to make the story their own. Comprehension is enhanced in this curriculum as children use higher-level thinking skills, make applications, conduct analyses, experiment with synthesis, and make evaluations. In addition, understanding how authors describe settings, develop characters, and organize the storyline helps young children craft their own stories.
MathThe math within the Learn Every Day curriculum focus on more than just numbers, operations, geometry, and measurement. In keeping with the recomomendation of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), algebra and data analysis are woven into the lessions.
The science component in Learn Every Day was designed to ensure that children entering kindergarten will have a working knowledge about the natural world, including understanding cause and effect; recognition of some of the differences between animate and inanimate objects; a basic knowledge of the ways in which people's beliefs, goals, and desires affect behavior, and a rudimentary understanding of substances and their properties.
Social Studies permeates the preschool classroom, from learning about celebrations and community helpers to exploring identity in terms of family, culture, and community. Preschoolers using this curriculum begin their social studies explorations as they examine themselves, their families, and their community.
The natural curiosity of preschool-age children is enhanced as they begin forming relationships outside of their own families and exploring the world around them. While social studies involves learning about the world and its people, it also leads to the development of a strong social-emotional center as children begin to take on their perspective of others , while becoming active participants in the larger world in which they live.
The Creative Arts
The creative arts in Learn Every Day includes such things as spontaneous creative play, singing, dancing, drawing, and role-playing. The arts are multisensory by design and involve a variety of modalities, including the kinesthetic, auditory, and visual. Engaging and encouraging children in creative activities on a regular basis helps wire their brains for successful learning.
Exploration and Discovery
Discovery learning in early childhood encompasses strategies that focus on active, hands-on opportunities for children to explore the world around them.
Learn Every Day was designed so that children have multiple opportunities:
to make generalizations about the information they have acquired through exploration and creative problem solving
to participate in high-interest activities that offer multiple ways to learn through a variety of modalities, and
to incorporate new problem-solving strategies into their existing knowledge base
Children have preferences in respect to how they learn about the world. These preferences or sensory strengths help them grow and develop in many exciting ways. Learn Every Day focuses on multisensory instruction by offering a variety of sensory experiences to facilitate learning. By designing an environment with sights and smells; language and auditory rhythm; and opportunities for gross and fine motor movement, touch, and manipulation, children experience the wonder of learning!
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