Too few prekindergarten classrooms provide opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary learning, choosing instead to focus on one or two areas. Using research-based and classroom-tested foundations in mathematics, science, literacy, and social-emotional, Connect4Learning® (C4L) weaves together all four domains to ensure that each subject is addressed meaningfully and comprehensively with each child.
C4L features six curriculum units that are focused on supporting children's development of ten comprehensive cognitive processes:
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Connect4Learning® was developed through funding by the National Science Foundation. As part of the development of this curriculum, several pilot programs were established to determine the efficacy of Connect4Learning® and its interdisciplinary approach to early education. To date, children in classrooms that have implemented the C4L curriculum significantly outperformed control classrooms on measures of math, science, literacy, and social-emotional learning -- including number sense, early geometry skills, vocabulary knowledge, and name writing. C4L is also supported by current research on strategies to best support dual language learners and children from under-resourced communities in an early learning environment.
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Connect4Learning® is a research-based, interdisciplinary curriculum that is comprised of six units and 32 weeks of learning centers and lessons.
Connect4Learning® features a teacher's handbook to support the daily implementation of the curriculum and ensure each learning experience follows educational best practices.
The director's handbook provides preschool child care center and Head Start directors with additional support when supervising the implementation of Connect4Learning® across their entire center or program. Similarly, the principal's handbook offers school administrators information and guidance when supporting the implementation of the curriculum across public school prekindergarten programs.
The Connect4Learning® Pre-K Kit includes all of the specific items required to implement the C4L curriculum. The entire kit contains more than 140 items and features dozens of custom-made pieces unique to the curriculum.
The Connect4Learning® Pre-K Classroom Book Set includes both beloved favorites and custom texts written specifically for use with the C4L curriculum. Comprised of more than 120 titles, the collection includes both works of fiction and informational texts.
Connect4Learning® incorporates formative assessment as a regular part of daily Small Group lessons, where teachers interact one-on-one with children and are able to closely observe each child. Small Group lessons include guidance on the skills to observe and the questions to ask to elicit children's understandings.
The Connect4Learning® Online Portal serves as an invaluable classroom management tool and features hundreds of helpful resources and tools to support teachers, families, and administrators.
Features of the online portal include:
Connect4Learning® includes a series of computer learning activities designed to address learning trajectories in math and to solidify classroom learning. Through practice and repetition of early math concepts, these games help children foster deeper conceptual thinking and develop competence in key skills such as counting and sorting. Each game corresponds to a given unit and lessons within the curriculum. The difficulty of each game increases as children's abilities progress.
Connect4Learning® recognizes the importance of providing effective curriculum implementation training as well as on-going opportunities for educators to learn and enhance their professional knowledge, skills, and practices.
Connect4Learning® offers a variety of in-person training opportunities that follow adult learning practices and are delivered with the goal of effective curriculum implementation in mind.
Connect4Learning® provides helpful web-based modules that offer ongoing implementation support for users. The modules prepare teachers for upcoming units in an easy and interactive format. The modules review key unit concepts, offer helpful teaching tips and best practice strategies, and discuss the end-of-unit class project. Users can access the unit modules via their Connect4Learning® Teacher Portal login.
C4L begins with a sequence of math and science topics and integrates language, literacy, and social-emotional skills as natural components of each lesson.
Each C4L curriculum unit allows children to work together toward a larger goal while learning key concepts across multiple domains of learning.
Children naturally explore and engage with content areas such as math and science during play. C4L offers children numerous opportunities to learn and make connections through free play.
C4L encourages a strong classroom community by focusing on the most important school connections: among the child and peers, teachers, and the school.
Connect4Learning® makes teaching science and math concepts easy by introducing them as a fun, natural component of classroom explorations! Rather than focusing on teacher-directed instruction or isolated activities, C4L helps children make practical connections among all four domains of learning by using a practical, project-based approach to classroom instruction, with plenty of time allotted for play.